Maura In The News

Hayward proposal calls for 12 stories, parking: City nearing end on naming panel
By Scott Van Voorhis
Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Downtown luxury-housing builder Millennium Partners is floating the latest plan for Hayward Place, a surface parking lot in the old Theater District that has seen two decades of failed redevelopment attempts.

In a letter of intent quietly submitted to City Hall, the Big Apple developer outlined plans for a 12-story office and retail building on the acre-sized lot opposite Millennium Place on Washington Street.

City Hall's development arm is wrapping up efforts to appoint a community panel to review Millennium's proposal.

However, given failed development attempts dating to the 1980s and a history of controversial wheeling and dealing related to the site, some critics are taking a wait-and-see attitude.

Millennium emerged with control of the city-owned lot last year after an 18-month selection process that some critics say was flawed in favor of Millennium.

``It just gets into this never-never land,'' said City Councilor Maura Hennigan of the years of promises related to the redevelopment of Hayward Place. ``You get a lot of promises.''

Millennium's proposal features a 373,000-square-foot office building that would include 40,000 square feet of retail space and a two-level underground garage. Millennium's local project chief could not be reached for comment.

A BRA spokeswoman said there is no timetable for Millennium to submit a more detailed plan, needed before the city can move forward on the permitting process.


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