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Landmarks Hearing Tuesday For New Towers at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site

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Developers planning a big new residential project alongside the ruins of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue will go before the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission tomorrow.

According to the LPC’s meeting agenda, they have filed an application, “to demolish more portions of the building and integrate the remaining structure into a new modern style apartment building.”

The 1850 building is a historic landmark. Last year, major portions of the structure were demolished after a devastating arson fire destroyed one of the most significant remaining Jewish sites on the Lower East Side. The new project is a partnership between the Chinese American Planning Council (CPC), which owns an adjacent site, and the Gotham Organization.  The new complex at 50-60 Norfolk St. would consist of two towers (10 and 30 stories), 488 apartments (including 188 affordable units), a large new facility for CPC’s social service programs, a new synagogue space for Beth Hamedrash Hagadol and neighborhood retail.

Tomorrow’s presentation is expected at 1 p.m., at 1 Centre St., 9th floor. No testimony from members of the public will be allowed.

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