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12 September 2013

IN THIS ISSUE

Zoning Variance
Hearing for Proposed 200 ft. tall Tower at
13th Street and 10th
Avenue, Sept. 17

 

Zoning Variance Hearing for Proposed 250 ft. tall Tower at Sullivan Street and Sixth Avenue, Sept. 24

Upcoming Applications for Changes to Landmarked Properties

 

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Zoning Variance Hearing for Proposed 200 ft. tall Tower at 13th and 10th Avenue, Sept. 17

 

Image of proposed development.
The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) will hear an application to allow a developer to build an office building 34% larger than allowed under the zoning at 40-56 10th Avenue (at 13th Street) in the Meatpacking District. GVSHP is strongly opposed to increasing the allowable size of this development, and urges you to join us in calling upon the BSA to reject the requested increase (more info here).

 

 

The applicant claims that they suffer a "hardship" because the High Line, which cannot be built upon, intersects the site, and because the site sits atop less stable landfill.  They are thus seeking a zoning variance, which entitles developers who cannot make a "reasonable return" on their property under the existing zoning to some form of relief.  However, numerous developments have gone up in the immediate area under the same zoning restrictions and facing the same conditions; these have not claimed a "hardship," and have made very handsome returns on their investments. While the presence of the High Line presents some logistical challenges for building, it also makes the value and profitability of the surrounding land significantly greater.

 

The developer is also seeking variances to allow the building to set back from the High Line to preserve some of its views to the water, to which we do not object. However, we do object to building substantially larger than the already-generous zoning for the Meatpacking District allows, especially when this neighborhood is so overdeveloped already. The site is located within the Gansevoort Market State and National Registers Historic District, but not the NYC Gansevoort Market Historic District, and thus the tower unfortunately does not need landmarks approval.

 

GVSHP has reached out to City Council Speaker Quinn, State Senator Brad Hoylman, and Assemblymember Deborah Glick to urge them to oppose the bulk variance.  Assemblymember Glick and State Senator Hoylman have committed to opposing it, and we are waiting to hear back from Speaker Quinn.        

 

HOW TO HELP:

  • Testify at the BSA hearing on Tuesday, September 17th at 1:30 pm at Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street (between B'way and Lafayette) - use sample testimony here.     
       
  • Write to the BSA urging them to reject the variance to increase the size of the allowable development - use sample letter here.
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Zoning Variance Hearing for Proposed 250 ft. tall Tower at Sullivan Street and Sixth Avenue, Sept. 24

   

Image of proposed development.

The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) will soon hear a zoning hardship  application to allow a developer to build a 250 ft. tall residential tower and townhouses on this triangular site between Sullivan Street and Sixth Avenue, north of Broome Street, in the South Village, where a car wash and gas station were formerly located. The current zoning for the site prohibits residential development, and the developer is claiming a hardship based upon the unusually narrow site, its slope, and the presence of the subway underground (more info here).

 

GVSHP does not object to a residential use on this site (an 18-story hotel could be built without a variance), but we do object to the size and height of the proposed development, which is completely out-of-scale for the historic, residential South Village neighborhood. We are urging the BSA to substantially reduce the size of the allowable residential development, to make it consistent with what the surrounding residential zoning allows.

 

A 250 ft. tall tower has no place in the South Village. While this site is within the proposed South Village Historic District, because it is within the area the Landmarks Preservation Commission has only committed to "survey" before the end of the year, the project unfortunately does not require landmarks approval.

 

GVSHP has reached out to City Council Speaker Quinn, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Assemblymember Deborah Glick to urge them to call for a reduction in the size and height of the proposed development, and are awaiting a response.

 

HOW TO HELP:

  • Testify at the BSA hearing on Tuesday, September 24th at 10 am at Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street (between B'way and Lafayette) - use sample testimony here.  
  • Write to the BSA urging them to substantially reduce the size of the allowable development - use sample letter here.
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Upcoming Applications for Changes to Landmarked Properties

 

GVSHP provides an ongoing record of all proposals for changes to landmarked properties in our neighborhoods (Greenwich Village, NoHo, Gansevoort Market, the South Village, and the East Village) that require a public hearing before they can be approved.

These proposals range from minor alterations to large additions, demolition, and new construction on landmarked sites.

 

Find out about the proposal, when the Community Board and NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearings will take place, and how you can weigh in before decisions are made. You can also sign up for alerts to be notified of changes in the status of the proposal.    

 

The new proposals below are scheduled to be heard in the near future at the Community Board, the LPC, or both. Click on each for more information.
CB2 hearing: 09/16/2013 LPC hearing: 09/24/2013
CB2 hearing: 09/16/2013 LPC hearing: 09/24/2013
CB2 hearing: 09/16/2013 LPC hearing: 09/24/2013

CB2 hearing: 09/16/2013 LPC hearing: 09/24/2013
CB2 hearing: 09/16/2013 LPC hearing: 09/24/2013

CB2 hearing: 09/16/2013 LPC hearing: 09/24/2013
CB2 hearing: 09/16/2013 LPC hearing: 09/24/2013
CB2 hearing: 09/16/2013 LPC hearing: 09/24/2013
CB2 hearing: 09/16/2013 LPC hearing: 09/24/2013
CB2 hearing: 09/16/2013 LPC hearing: 09/24/2013
CB2 hearing: 09/16/2013 LPC hearing: 09/24/2013


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