The developers of a controversial residential tower set to go up next to a waterfront senior center — already the site of a massive 80-story luxury high-rise — will host a meeting with concerned residents on Wednesday, April 27.
Two Bridges Neighborhood Council will announce plans for a tower proposed to be built next to the Two Bridges Senior Apartment building at 80 Rutgers Slip. Seniors who live in the center and other neighbors have been invited to voice their questions and concerns at the 6:30 p.m. meeting in the center’s community room.
Neighbors are already expressing concern that the monolith, paired with the 80-story Extell tower, will overwhelm longtime residents and seniors in the adjacent building by packing in new dwellings.
“We understand we need more housing, but there is a certain amount of density a neighborhood can absorb,” said Trever Holland, president of the Two Bridges Tower Tenant Association. “For them to say they’re going to build another building of a similar scale is insane to me.”
Though the memo circulated by the realty group was vague, locals suspect they are witnessing the revival of a dormant deal surrounding the old Pathmark Pharmacy site, as was first reported by Bowery Boogie.
Developer Roy Schoenberg had partnered with the neighborhood council and nonprofit developer Settlement Housing Fund to build a 47-story mixed-income tower at 237–247 Cherry St., but the council ended up going back on the deal, resulting in a $50 million lawsuit from Schoenberg.
While the litigation is ongoing, a settlement is reportedly coming in the near future, and development is slated to pick back up.
Meanwhile, Extell Development Co.’s tower — holding more than 800 condominiums — continues to rise at the corner of Cherry and Pike streets. The ongoing construction has been a nuisance to seniors, said Holland, and the additional construction that would come with a new development would be unwelcome.
Also, seniors fear sticking two high-density towers next to each other will negatively impact their quality of life, said Holland.
“This building will affect them,” he said. “Not just the construction, but the fact that they’re basically building two towers on top of each other.”
The association has taken to social media to express fears that the proposed project could could dwarf the Extell tower, and to demand a neighborhood rezoning to prevent future towers.