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Landmarks panel mustn’t kill historic district’s lifeline

Helayne Seidman

“Without the museum, there is no historic district,” City Councilwoman Margaret Chin rightly told the Landmarks Preservation Commission in January in support of the plan to build at 250 Water Street in the South Street Seaport Historic District.

The Howard Hughes Corp. would create a substantial endowment to fund reopening of the museum as it builds a 27-story building on what’s now a parking lot. A quarter of the new apartments would be affordable housing, while the base area has been reduced and redesigned in cooperation with the commission.

But opponents are trying to get the commission to block the plan at its meeting Tuesday, pretending a single building would destroy the area’s character.

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