Plans for Oreo's historic NYC home drawing fire

June 10, 2012 • Business

In this May 30, 2012 photo, Michael Phillips, Jamestown Properties Chief Executive Officer, sits during an interview at his office inside Chelsea Market in New York. One hundred years after the introduction of the Oreo, the complex that was once the former home to Nabisco is slated for an expansion many neighborhood residents oppose. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — One hundred years after the introduction of the Oreo, an expansion plan at the iconic cookie’s New York City birthplace has left a bitter taste in the mouths of its neighbors.

Community activists say the two new towers that developer Jamestown Properties wants to affix to the historic factory known as Chelsea Market would be eyesores and would increase traffic and congestion.

But the company that bought a majority stake in Chelsea Market in 2003 says the block-long complex — home to the Food Network, Google and a tourist-friendly ground-floor food mall — must grow if it is to thrive.

Jamestown’s plan to mount a new 250-foot box-like structure atop Chelsea Market’s western section and a similar 150-foot structure on the eastern side is going through an approval process that will likely end with a City Council Login to read more

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