ZONING EXPERT GEORGE JANES FILES COMMUNITY CHALLENGE AGAINST 36 W. 66TH.
Design firm Snohetta has proposed a 39-story residential development of 775 feet-the equivalent of a 77-story midtown office tower on the Central Park block of West 66th Street. If built according to plan, the through-block site will feature a shorter construction on the 65th Street side which will replace the former Jewish Guild for the Blind and house the relocated Congregation Habonim.
This site is a combination of several different parcels:
- 36, 38 and 40 West 66th Street: former residences turned office buildings in 1962, these were previously used for set props and storage by ABC. In 1982, a feasibility study was done for a previously proposed 38-story residential tower designed by Arthur May under A. Eugene Kohn of KPF for the Reliance Development Company. (Demolished 2017)
- 44 West 66th Street: the former Congregation Habonim Synagogue, by Stanley Prowler and Frank Faillance (1956-57, demolished 2017).
- 15 West 65th Street: Jewish Guild Healthcare Building aka Lighthouse Guild aka Estelle R. Newman City Center, by Matthew J. Warshauer (1971, demolished 2018).
plus the air rights from 56 West 66th Street, the individually landmarked, former First Battery Armory, by Horgan & Slattery (1900-03).
When The Real Deal first reported a sale on August 28, 2014, LW! began studies of what could be feasible on that site. Once reports of the acquisition of the synagogue site were confirmed, the available Floor Area Ratio (FAR) significantly increased. It was surprising, then, that permits filed in late November 2015 featured only a relatively modest 25-story residential development of approximately 250 feet. The developer’s current proposal is now more than three times as tall with 14 additional floors. In all, it will reportedly house 127 apartments.
The site straddles two zoning districts: the south side of the block falls within the R-8 zoning district, while the northern portion of the site is C4-7 which has an R-10 equivalent. This site is completely within the Lincoln Square Special Purpose District. There are no contextual zoning height limitations, and this development is being filed as-of-right, which means there are no requirements for community board input.
Manhattan Community Board 7 has issued a resolution pertaining to this development along with the proposed tower at 200 Amsterdam Avenue. Read the CB7 Resolution for Amending the Zoning Regulations to address oversight of tall buildings.
Read an additional statement on Central Dark
Read through our blog updates below for more history on this critical zoning matter.
Local, City and State Electeds write in support of the 10 West 66th Street Corporation and LANDMARK WEST! zoning challenge against 36 West 66th Street. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal, Assembly Member Richard M. Gottfried...read more
The definition of SuperTall has "grown" as the sky is, increasingly no longer the limit. SHoP Architects has just passed the threshold into the SuperTall Club. DEZEEN (linked) writes that 111 West 57th Street, the 43-foot wide plot will rise 1,421 feet toward the...read more
Ever vigilant, LW! and Neighbors filed a Department of Buildings Zoning Challenge against 36 West 66th Street,* today. * (the proposed 39-story building which hopes to rise 775-feet, as tall as a 77-story office building) Manhattan Borough President Gale...read more
LANDMARK WEST! and neighbors have filed our Department of Buildings Zoning Challenge against the CENTRAL dARK Tower, a proposed 39-story, 775-foot tall tower which includes 215-feet (equivalent to 21 residential stories!) of void space planned for 36 West 66th...read more
Mark your Calendars: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th: (1) New York State Primary Day Polls are open 6am-9pm. Please remember to vote! (2) Zoning Challenge Forum Doors open at 6:30pm. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, West 65th Street at Central Park West. LW! and neighbors...read more
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