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Hopes for UWS Costco Dashed

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After much brouhaha from the community, it's been confirmed: There is no room for a Costco or any big box retailer (bye bye Target dreams) in the newly downsized plans for the Riverside Center development on the Upper West Side. Last night, Extell Development Corporation presented the updated plans to the community board for the development spanning from 59th to 61st Streets and West End Avenue to the edge of the West Side Highway. Along with residential space and a school, the plans include 210,000 square feet of retail space, a car showroom and service center, a movie theater and a 250-room hotel. You can't please everyone, though. The community board already has a list of complaints ready and a neighborhood resident has voiced his fear: Will the UWS will be the next Battery Park City? [Westside Independent via Curbed]