Aurora/Gottlieb and their architect, BSK Architects, will be giving a detailed presentation of their plans for the entire block on the south side of Gansevoort Street between Greenwich and Washington Streets. This will be an opportunity to learn exactly what the developer hopes to do, and to ask questions.
All are welcome.
The meeting will be held at 58 Gansevoort Street, 2nd Floor, above Gansevoort Market, on Tuesday August 18th at 6.30pm.
See you there!
The facebook event page can be found here:
There is growing opposition from preservationists and neighbors to the proposed development of Gansevoort Street South . Widespread concern is turning to action among community members who have formed savegansevoort.org and started an online petition. And other organizations are now getting involved:
This new proposal is really a bridge too far,” said Andrew Berman, the executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation…“It would seem to almost obviate the notion of this being in a historic district at all.
Manslaughter charges have been filed against two contractors at the site being developed by Aurora/Gottlieb on Ninth Avenue in The Meatpacking District. The same developers (and architect) are behind the proposed towers on the south side of Gansevoort Street. The charges arise from the treacherous conditions that existed during excavation inside the old Pastis building, resulting in the death of a worker.
From The New York Times:
The worker who died, Carlos Moncayo, 22, an Ecuadorean immigrant who lived in Queens, was crushed by thousands of pounds of dirt when the walls of a site in the meatpacking district, steps from the High Line, collapsed around him on April 6.
Prosecutors said on Wednesday that the two managers — Wilmer Cueva, of Sky Materials, and Alfonso Prestia, of Harco Construction — had ignored repeated warnings for months from private inspectors that treacherous conditions existed at the site on Ninth Avenue.
“Carlos Moncayo’s death at a construction site was tragic, but it was also foreseeable and avoidable,” said Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance in a statement. “As detailed in court documents, repeated warnings about safety hazards at 9-19 Ninth Avenue were issued in the months, weeks, and even minutes before a trench collapsed, killing Mr. Moncayo.”
Aurora Capital and the Gottliebs – the people who brought you the giant “ice cube” addition now being constructed on top of the old Pastis building – have announced plans to develop the entire south side of Gansevoort Street between Greenwich and Washington Streets. The highlights, so to speak, are 111′ and 75′ (this last is a rough guess) towers on the western end of the block.
See this article in the Real Deal:
Any development will have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The developer has indicated they expect their landmarks application to be heard by CB2 in this September, and by LPC shortly thereafter. Needless to say, there is going to be huge opposition to Gansevoort Towers.
There is also a restrictive declaration on this lot which prohibits office use. The developer has indicated they plan to try to amend this declaration in order to allow office use, which we think they will need in order to make Gansevoort Towers profitable. This will require action by the City Planning Commission and by the City Council, and, as with the Landmarks application, there’s going to be a major fight.
The developer initiated a meeting with a group neighbors, but then abruptly cancelled it last week just 2 hours before it was to take place. Extremely unprofessional behavior, to say the least, but it indicates they are worried.
Neighbors have already started organizing to oppose Gansevoort Towers; stay tuned for developments.