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Hudson Square Property Owner Plans Dominick Street Park, 30-Story Building

February 17, 2012
By Andrea Swalec

A real estate company looking to build a 30-story housing tower on Spring Street says it will tear up a parking lot and create paradise if the city makes zoning changes that would allow the construction of a building and park.

Dominick Street Park and a 320-foot-tall building would take the place of the parking lot Edison Properties owns between Dominick and Spring streets and Varick and Hudson streets, just north of the Holland Tunnel, company vice president Anthony Borelli said in an interview. "One of the primary goals of our plan is to encourage the creation of a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood," he said.

Edison's plans are dependent on city approval of a zoning request by Trinity Real Estate that would allow residential development in Hudson Square — the 18-block area roughly bounded by West Houston Street, Sixth Avenue, Canal Street and Greenwich Street. Designs for the 13,700-square-foot, mid-block park envisioned by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners show new trees and plantings, moveable cafe tables and chairs, and a fire department-themed children's play area with water features, in a nod to the park's neighbor the New York City Fire Museum.

Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation president Andrew Berman said Hudson Square will need more parks as it gains residents, but he questioned the wisdom of allowing tall buildings to be built in exchange for them. Community Board 2 chair Brad Hoylman said he thought it was "positive" that a player in the Hudson Square rezoning was considering opportunities for new parks. "CB2 feels strongly that rezoning Hudson Square to include residential use creates a need for new open space," he said, adding that the board does not have an official position yet on Edison's proposal.

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