The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) serves the UWS two rejections but still has room for more, giving LANDMARK WEST! and our neighborhood the opportunity to argue our case about misappropriated mechanical space at 50 West 66th Street, the 775-foot tower notable for 239 feet of vertical rise attributed to mechanical space.
The presence of passionate neighbors and an eloquent letter of support
initiated by Assembly Member Richard Gottfried
including support from Congressman Jerrold Nadler
, State Senator Brad Hoylman,
Comptroller Scott Stringer
, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
and City Council Member Helen Rosenthal
swayed the board to re-open the hearing in order to evaluate the greater than 10% mechanical deductions claimed by the developer across their multiple mechanical floors.
BSA Chair Perlmutter cited precedent of the 15 East 30th Street “SkyHouse” case
, a case where a developer proposed 132 feet of void on the second, third and fourth floors so that the first residential floor began 155 feet (equivalent to fifteen stories) above the street. In that case, the BSA denied an Appeal because there was not sufficient expert evidence otherwise. In this case, our team has assembled a stable of experts and intends to see this argument through in order to right the record, and curb abuse of mechanical spaces for outsized buildings once and for all.
Our team questioned the DOB’s rigor in evaluating the myraid mechanical spaces, and the BSA has called on its sister agency to defend its work using the methodology they relied on in “SkyHouse”. Although the City claims “the proposed mechanical deductions are substantially compliant” they will need a full month to prepare paperwork exhibiting this justification.
There is plenty of room at the table, join our party!
The Department of Buildings will respond with paperwork on October, 16th, 2019, and our lawyers, Klein/Slowik will prepare papers due November 6th, 2019 for a response by the developer’s team November 27th resulting in a continued hearing three months from today on Tuesday December 17th!
Tuesday December 17th
When the Appeal resumes at the BSA, 22 Reade Street
WITH public testimony. Time TBD
Is three months too long, and you want to take action now? Sign THIS PETITION
to get Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal
and Senator Robert Jackson
‘s legislation on floor area height heard at the state level to help close loopholes and prevent these inappropriate developments.