Hudson River Park Trust postpones Pier 40 decision.
The setback might have something to do with the local community's reluctance to welcome retail to the site. The two principle contestants for the development contract include C&K Properties, which proposes a 120,000-SF hardware store for the Pier, and IDEA, Inc., which hopes to build New York's largest aquarium.
But Greenwich Village residents oppose big box stores because they will take away space from playing fields for their children, while Brooklyn borough officials grumble about the aquarium competing with the one at Coney Island.
"Basically, we haven't made a decision on what we want to be built, but we wanted as much park space on Pier 40 as possible and last December we voted unanimously to oppose any big box store," said Aubrey Lees, chair of the Community Board 2, which includes the pier. "We are going to discuss the aquarium, but right now we passed a resolution opposing it too."
According to published reports, however, the C&K proposal is the most likely to be accepted. It has already been endorsed by Pier 40 Working Group, which is made up of neighborhood officials.
"We endorse the proposal by C&K Properties," said a spokesperson for Christine Quinn, the councilwoman for District 3. "The councilwoman feels that limited retail is okay, as long as it's as little as possible. On the other hand, she's very much opposed to the aquarium because it would serve as an anchor for about 280,000 SF of retail space, and it would kill the aquarium in Coney Island."
Other applicants for the development include Forest City Ratner, which envisions several big box stores at the site, and TEC-PMC Associates, which would like to build a cluster of smaller-sized stores.
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|Date:||Mar 5, 2003|
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