Public Review of Significant Changes to West 70th Street Condo Project
Wednesday, July 20, 7:00 pm
Community Board 7, 250 West 87th Street (2nd Floor)
Sole agenda item: an application by Congregation Shearith Israel to the NYC Board of Standards & Appeals (BSA) for what it claims is a “minor amendment” to 8-year-old plans for a non-compliant 9-story building, including 5 floors of luxury condos, on the predominantly brownstone mid-block of West 70th Street (adjacent to the Shearith Israel Individual Landmark in the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District).
The changes to the already out-of-scale proposal are far from “minor”. Moreover, the involvement of lobbyist and de Blasio donor Capalino + Co. underscores the need for close scrutiny of Shearith Israel’s so-called “hardship” argument.
Please join us for a hard look on July 20!
In 2008, Congregation Shearith Israel received BSA approval for zoning variances (including height and rear-yard setbacks) to construct a building that far exceeds mid-block contextual zoning limits. Last year, LW! and neighbors discovered discrepancies in plans submitted to the Department of Buildings (DOB). This spring, our challenges finally compelled DOB to issue a stop-work order and the BSA to deny Shearith Israel’s request for a staff-level “letter of substantial compliance.”
Read recent coverage by David Dunlap in The New York Times
New York Times columnist Christopher Gray called West 70th Street “A Block Full of Late-19th-Century Rowhouses”
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