Specter of More Luxury High Rises Looms Over ‘One Manhattan Square’ Meeting

Anxiety over the 77-story apartment building coming to the Two Bridges waterfront multiplied last night as neighbors grappled with the possibility that two more towers will join it. In addition to Extell’s controversial One Manhattan Square, L+M Development Partners are feeling out plans for two 50-story twin towers– one at 265-275 Cherry Street, at Lands End II (a pair of Section-8 housing complexes located on a site that was purchased for $279 million a few years back) and a second at Lands End I (257 South Street), which the firm bought last year. L+M has assured that the existing buildings will maintain their Section 8 designation, and preliminary discussions have indicated that the two new towers would likely go up in the parking lots parcels between the East River and Lands End. As you might expect, last night at the fifth in a series of construction meetings between the developers and Two Bridges residents, the tension was palpable. “I want to make sure that we have a relationship with the developers moving forward,” Trever Holland, president of the Two Bridges Tower Residents Association, told his neighbors at the start of the meeting. “Because it looks like our neighborhood is about to get two more buildings.”


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