A rendering of the new Pier 17 design with a split structure that was presented to Community Board 1.

The latest new plans for a proposed shopping mall for Pier 17 at the Seaport have been revealed to Community Board 1 by the Howard Hughes Corporation, the property development company for the Seaport site.

The revised plans call for dividing the structure into two distinct buildings. “So when it rains the rain will come down right through the middle of the building,” Gregg Pasquarelli, a partner in SHoP Architects, the building’s designers, said at the meeting, according to The Tribeca Tribune. “We think that would be pretty fantastic and really have this great engagement with the waterfront.”

Renderings of the radically revised project were presented to the board last week as part of the city’s Land Use Review approval process. While, the board does not have approval authority, it will have input and can make recommendations with the appropriate city agencies. Most of the exterior aspects of the design have already been given a green light The New York City Landmarks Commission.

Sketches of the interior design suggest a much more upscale presentation.

Plans were also reviewed for The Link Building, an extension of the Pier 17 structure at the southwest corner of the pier where Hughes plans to place a food market. The Landmarks Commission had previously rejected an earlier version of the building design because it obstructed the historic Tin Building, next door. The Hughes Corporation is still seeking a tenant for the market.

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