This post is brought to you by the numbers: 7, 8, 9 & 10!
SPECIFICALLY, Landmark West’s
Article 78 & the filing clock that began 9 Mos. + 10 Days after the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) issued a 2-2 tie vote on LW’s appeal against the 775-foot tall, but only 39 story, tower slated for 50 West 66th Street. (The one with the massively excessive mechanical voids used to jack up the height.)
LANDMARK WEST! has under 30 days to file an Article 78 to maintain legal standing. We are FIVE YEARS into this fight, and this takes funding.
Help us be 100% ready to stand before a New York State Supreme Court Judge and defend our neighborhood!
BSA had a 2-2 tie vote on LW’s appeal on January 28, 2020
An Article 78 is when a petitioner (in this case, LANDMARK WEST! i.e. YOU, the Community) asks a state court to review a decision or action of a New York State Body or Officer (in this case, the Board of Standards and Appeals and the Department of Buildings).
We need to file so that our arguments can be considered by an impartial judge, not mayoral-appointed commissioners.
This case is particularly significant because LANDMARK WEST! (again, YOU, the community!) is the only one with legal standing to argue against the lateral spacing of the mechanical voids and stop not only this tower at 50 West 66th Street from including unnecessary voids that jack up the height, put neighbors at risk, and block our light, but also send a strong message to other developers looking to exploit zoning loopholes.
One block away, between 66th and 67th Streets, they’re eyeing Disney’s American Broadcasting Company (ABC) campus for redevelopment. Say NO to more supertowers! Help us put everyone on notice that the Upper West Side cares about Zoning, Land Use and Community!
Why did it take so long for an agency to pen 12 pages?
We had to wait over 9 months for the BSA’s report before we could file in NYS Supreme Court. What took so long? We don’t know! Also strange: LW! won over two commissioners in the 2-2 tie of our appeal, yet their positions are barely referenced in the report the BSA finally wrote up. Huh.
READ THE BSA WRITTEN DECISION YOURSELF.
Good thing LANDMARK WEST! kept records of ALL of our filed documents to set the record straight!
We were forced to wait, but NOW IT’S TIME TO ACT.
36 Years in, LW! continues to fight for UWS issues, many with city-wide implications, and we are committed to seeing this Article 78 through to a judge’s decision.
LANDMARK WEST! and our lawyers have less than 30 days to file this Article 78 to maintain legal standing. This building is still just a hole and we want to keep it to the size it should be. We are FIVE YEARS into this fight, and this takes funding. Help us be 100% ready to stand before a New York State Supreme Court Judge and defend our neighborhood!
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All funds raised go directly to our lawyers and consultants representing LW! in the fight against Supertalls.