Neighbors sue to block Extell s UWS tower after city OKs amended plans Building contains mechanical spaces which push penthouses higher
Gary Barnett and a rendering of 50 West 66th Street
UPDATED, April 26, 11:17 p.m.: The back-and-forth over Extell Development’s 770-foot Upper West Side tower is now headed to court.
Weeks after the Department of Buildings renewed permits for the development at 50 West 66th Street, the City Club of New York — which nearly killed Barry Diller s Pier 55 project— and several of the project s neighbors have filed a lawsuit against the developer, seeking to halt construction due to alleged zoning violations.
Plaintiffs need immediate relief because Defendants’ construction has reached a stage where arguments about vested rights and potential mootness are looming, the lawsuit states. Even where courts have ultimately found that a building violates zoning, they have proven reluctant to order demolition.
The lawsuit alleges two major violations at the development. First, the building contains massi上海千花社区 ve structural voids that allow Extell to build higher and pricier penthouses without adding residential space. Though current zoning rules do not contain any limitation on the height of a building s mechanical floors, officials are looking to close this loophole by counting unusually large mechanical spaces toward a building’s height limit.
In January, the DOB announced its intent to revoke Extell s permits if zoning issues were not addressed. It now appears that they have been, as far as the city is concerned.
Instead of one massive 160-foot mechanical floor, the amended plans include two 64-foot floors and one 48-foot floor. The developer was also required to add elevator stops within those floors to secure Fire Department approval of its emergency access plan.
Safety is our highest priority, for residents and first responders al爱上海同城手机版 ike, a DOB spokesperson said in a statement. DOB has approved amended plans for the上海千花网交友 building’s mechanical floors that satisfy safety-related objections and bring the project into compliance with the city’s Zoning Resolution.
The plaintiffs remain unconvinced, noting that there is no mechanical equipment yet imagined by humans that requires a 48- or 64- foot tall clearance for accessory use in a residential building.
Furthermore, the plaintiffs say that the DOB s threat to revoke permits actually ended up giving Extell more time to establish facts on the ground.
Landmark West, a local non-profit, had been appealing with the Board of Standards and Appeals to reverse a previous DOB decision in support of the project. But when the DOB rescinded its previous decision in January, the appeal was also halted.
DOB’s arbitrary and capricious back-and-forth, by halting LW’s administrative journey midstream, has severely prejudiced Plaintiffs, causing them to lose at least five months of time while Extell was building, the lawsuit states.
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