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After much back and forth, the City Council has approved developer Howard Hughes Corp.'s tear-down plans for the South Street Seaport. Pier 17 retailers who feared they'd be booted out in April—before the profitable summer season—have been given the green light to stay until September 9th.
Plans for Pier 17 include a sleek new structure with a green roof and free public space, as mandated by the City Council. Also included in the city's requirements for the redesign were two new food markets, one in the Tin Building and the other likely in the Link Building, which is adjacent to Pier 17. Translation: you can grab a picnic and spend long summer afternoons on the roof come 2014.
· City Council approves Seaport redevelopment [Crain's]
· Pier 17 Retail Shops Fear the Worst: Skyrocketing Rents [Racked NY]
· Pier 17 Shops May Be Able to Capitalize on the Summer After All [Racked NY]