Hurricane Sandy may have shuttered a lot of the businesses at the South Street Seaport, but plans for the new souped-up Pier 17 are still proceeding according to plan. The pier reopened earlier this month after officials surveyed its damage, and now the Times reports that plans for its redesign have been given the go-ahead.
The Howard Hughes Corporation, which owns the pier, says that despite storm flooding and other significant damage to the Seaport as a whole, Pier 17 is still in good shape, and the company plans to break ground on the redevelopment on July 1st, 2013. "The pier got a solid rating," Howard Hughes senior executive vice president Christopher J. Curry told the Times, though the Seaport's website warns visitors that some businesses are still closed.
Plans for the redesign call for all-glass walls with views of the water and the pier, plus a big open rooftop complete with a lawn and concert space. And developers say there will be plenty of new retail space, which is great news for looters when the next superstorm hits.