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Stringer Expresses Opposition To Chelsea Market Expansion Plans

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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has come out against plans to expand Chelsea Market.

Developer Jamestown Properties wants to add about 230,000 square feet of office space to the building along 10th Avenue and another 90,000 square feet along Ninth Avenue.

Stringer is calling for Jamestown to move the 10th Avenue addition to Ninth Avenue and for the addition's height to be lowered.

"I did take a no position because I don't think Jamestown was willing to negotiate height and density," he said. "They never really came to us with a real plan. I don't think they wanted to concede anything and that's not how you integrate into a community."

A spokesman for Jamestown Properties says the expansion will create about 1,200 jobs and generate about $7 million in new annual tax revenue.

The developer has pledged to give the High Line a $20 million donation.

The local community board offered conditional support for the project. It must still be approved by the City Planning Commission and City Council.

Stringer's position is only advisory.

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