ZONING EXPERT GEORGE JANES FILES COMMUNITY CHALLENGE AGAINST 36 W. 66TH.
1.17.2019: The Department of Buildings has issued a NOTICE INTENT TO REVOKE.
Read down for LW! and neighbor arguments against this proposal.
ZONING EXPERT GEORGE JANES HAS PREPARED STUDIES OF THE SHADOW IMPACT CAUSED BY 36 W. 66TH.
SUMMER AM and SUMMER PM Shadows. FALL Shadows.
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.
From New York Magazine's "The Approval Matrix: Week of February 4, 2019" : "So it's perfectly legal right now for developers to put 160-feet tall "mechanical voids" in their buildings to give apartments higher priced views?" Wethinks they're looking at you, 50 W....read more
GOTHAMIST picks up where it left off last week in its expose on the City Planning Commission's Zoning Text Amendment. Journalist Elizabeth Kim notes that although this language may impact the design of 36 West 66th Street, to revise "the design of a 160-foot tall...read more
Our fight against supertall towers continues making headlines! LANDMARK WEST! board chair Page Cowley, FAIA and her fellow Community Board 7 member, Peter Samton, FAIA penned an Op-Ed for ARCHITECTURAL RECORD. Living Tall, Too Tall (linked above) outlines what makes...read more
Attached HERE is a letter from City Planning--including information on their proposal to address excessive mechanical voids in Residential Buildings. This has been a long time in the making and it appears as though relief is in sight. Developers will still be...read more
LANDMARK WEST!'s fight against supertall towers is making headlines. The Department of Buildings Notice Intent to Revoke of their prior approval to amend the West 66th Street development is giving the developer, and the media lots to CHEW on. The developer is in...read more
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