The downtown planning board responsible for signing off on the proposed redevelopment of the Navy Broadway Complex has postponed its final decision, citing the need to further discuss and review the plans that the Navy and Doug Manchester have submitted for the waterfront site.

The Centre City Development Corp. board was slated to finalize its decision next Wednesday. A new completion date has not been scheduled, a spokesman said.

The project was reviewed by the City Council yesterday, but CCDC is charged with making sure Manchester’s plans align with guidelines the city and Navy hammered out in 1992. Those guidelines delineated the acceptable density and uses of the property.

Concurrently, the Navy and Manchester are working out the terms of the agreement, which will require the developer to build new headquarters for the Navy and afford Manchester a long-term ground lease so he can build and operate offices and hotels. That deal must be concluded by Jan. 1.

In a press release, CCDC Chairwoman Jennifer LeSar said board members needed more time to be brought up to speed, especially since two new board members have been added since the full board reviewed the plans.

“Clearly, we heard at this week’s City Council meeting that taking additional time for review will not hinder the ability for the Navy and the developer to continue their lease negotiation process,” she said.


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