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Many fighting redevelopment of South Street Seaport

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Much of it was badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy. And while some shops and attractions have reopened, the Seaport is about to get a big facelift. But not without resistance.

“We are trying to preserve this district; the museum, the waterfront and the boats from unchecked development by a private developer,” David Sheldon of “Save Our Seaport” said Monday.

Sheldon’s group wants the historic details of the district to be respected. According to Sheldon, the proposed redevelopment will ruin the integrity of the neighborhood.

Many fighting redevelopment of South Street Seaport

“You walk down these streets, they are irreplaceable,” Sheldon said.

The Howard Hughes Corporation has proposed revamping the historic district. Early proposals show historic buildings alongside modern structures. Even a mixed-used tower is planned.

A spokesperson from the company said, “We are collaborating with the community right now as part of the Seaport Working Group to identify guidelines for the district that protect its historic fabric, support a vibrant future and address the infrastructure crisis on the piers.”