“PLANS FOR UPPER WEST SIDE’S TALLEST BUILDING ON HOLD AS CITY REVIEWS CHALLENGE BY NEIGHBORS,” reports the West Side Rag on June 10, 2017.
George Janes, the zoning expert who filed an official Zoning Challenge against SJP Properties’ plan to construct the Upper West Side’s tallest building at 200 Amsterdam Avenue, is quoted:
“This is different from a formal Stop Work order, where an applicant has a permit, and work on that permit is legally halted,” Janes explained. “Here, since this is still early in the process, the DOB has said that the issuance of further permits is halted until the Challenge is resolved. The only permits they have are for the site prep work, and that work is largely done. So they can continue to be on site, but the work they are allowed to do is very limited.”
“The action is notable,” Janes concluded. “Challenges don’t normally impact DOB’s permit issuance process until they are resolved. I expect that this will mean that we will get an answer to our Challenge sooner, rather than later.”
LW! will continue building a war chest to stay nimble, recruit expert assistance, and fight this project on all cylinders.