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.
"This is a victory not only for the Upper West Side, but for communities all over the city that find themselves outgunned by developers who try to bend or break zoning rules for massive private profit." Statement from Manhattan B.P. Brewer on Dept. of Building’s...read more
"The officials highlighted developer tactics such as excessive use of “void spaces” — unoccupied floors intended for mechanical equipment — in order to create extraordinarily tall buildings and circumvent the intent of the Zoning Resolution." The Council of the City...read more
LANDMARK WEST! Executive Director was featured in an article in CRAINS NY (linked) alongside colleague Rachel Levy from FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. Since both neighborhoods have similar zoning districts, they are both experiencing some of the...read more
2018 ended in a flurry, and LANDMARK WEST! met the deadline to file a Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) challenge against 36 West 66th Street (the tower replacing the Jewish Guild for the Blind and Congregation Habonim's synagogue). 2019 begins with the...read more
It truly is the busiest time of the year! To catch you up on three fronts for West 66th Street: 1) The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) As promised, LANDMARK WEST! was at the BSA today FILING OUR CHALLENGE against 36 West 66th Street (the tower replacing the...read more
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