The Howard Hughes has signed an agreement with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to redevelop Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport in the US.
New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has already approved the Pier 17 redevelopment.
Howard Hughes will soon start the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure for its proposed plan.
Howard Hughes CEO David Weinreb said, "The re-envisioned Seaport transforms the pier’s iconic waterfront setting into an energetic, highly engaging destination for shopping, dining and entertainment in Lower Manhattan."
As per the plan, Howard Hughes will redevelop the pier completely into a glass-enclosed retail centre featuring stores, restaurants and neighborhood shops.
Large open spaces will be created and improved on the north side of Pier 17, including a rooftop space for concerts, outdoor films and special events to offer views of the harbour, city skyline and bridges.
The renovation plan will feature improved views of the pier as well as the roof of the building, and a new exterior facade including an open street network within.
Larger retail spaces will be located on upper floors while the ground and mezzanine levels are anticipated to offer gathering areas for neighbourhood residents and visitors.
The Pier 17 renovation plans have been designed by the US based SHoP Architects.
SHoP Architects Principal Gregg Pasquarelli said that the company’s design for the mixed-use and open spaces along the Seaport’s Pier 17 combine the density needed to support active street life on the waterfront with intimately-scaled retail corridors.
"The building’s network of interior streets connects to its historic context as well as a series of public spaces designed with James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architect who envisioned New York’s High Line," Pasquarelli said.
Construction at Pier 17, which includes 195,00ft² of leaseable space, is expected to start in 2013 and be completed by 2015.
South Street Seaport, which features about 300,000ft² of retail space, comprises buildings and a pavilion shopping mall at Pier 17 on the East River in Lower Manhattan.
Image: The renovation plan will feature improved vistas on the pier and the roof of the building. Photo: Business Wire.