Two Bridges skyscrapers get City Planning approval

Three new buildings have cleared a major hurdle on their path to

Five months after
a public review process, the developers of a
trio of skyscrapers
on the Lower East Side have cleared a major
hurdle. The Real Deal
that the City Planning Commission has approved all
three skyscrapers, which will bring thousands of apartments to the
Two Bridges enclave on the East River. The vote passed 10-3.

As plans stand right now, JDS will build
a 1,008-foot rental
, designed by SHoP Architects, at 247 Cherry
Street; L+M and CIM (under the auspices of Two Bridges Associates)
will build
a 798 and 728-foot tower
, designed by Handel Architects, at 260
South Street; and Starrett will build a 724-foot tower, designed by
Perkins Eastman, at 259 Clinton Street. Together these developments
will bring a total of approximately 3,000 apartments to the
neighborhood, of which 700 units will be affordable.

The developers have also promised numerous neighborhood
improvements, such as park and playground upgrades, flood
resiliency measures, a $12.5 million investment in a nearby NYCHA
complex, and a new ADA-compliant entrance at the East Broadway F
station. Those improvements helped sway some of the members of CPC,
though there was some hesitation even among those who approved the

“This is nonetheless a challenging situation because the
proposed buildings aren’t minor in scale and will affect the
surrounding neighborhood,” CPC chair Marisa Lago said, according
to TRD.

“We appreciate the consideration of the City Planning
Commission and feedback from the community on numerous occasions
over the past two years,” a spokesperson for the developers
involved in the project said in an email to Curbed, noting that
they “will deliver lasting and meaningful benefits for the Two
Bridges community.”

The approval comes after a
contentious public hearing
in October, during which dozens of
neighborhood residents—along with City Council member Margaret
Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer—denounced the
proposal. The developers are not required to go through the
city’s complex uniform land use review procedure (ULURP), and
opponents have criticized what they see as a
neighborhood-destroying development.

“The idea that these immensely tall towers are ‘minor
modifications’ is appalling,” Brewer said in October. “These
developments will have a negative impact and drastically and
permanently alter the neighborhood.”

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Two Bridges skyscrapers get City Planning approval