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HAP’s Harlem project was too pink — and now it’s too tall

Developer must slash height and size of balconies, city says

January 13, 2015 03:05PM

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From left: Present and past renderings of 329 Pleasant Avenue in Harlem, and Eran Polack (credit: Dominique Pettway)

Despite HAP Investment Developers’ decision to tone down the colors of the balconies at a controversial East Harlem project, the city’s Department of Buildings released an audit saying the firm must make other corrections to the design as well.

The agency’s audit found zoning violations related to the Karim Rashid-designed building’s height and the balconies’ height and size. Zoning allows for a height limit of 75 feet, but the building is expected to rise 80 feet.

The city requested that the developer revise the design of the eight-story apartment building at 329 Pleasant Avenue.

“If the applicant doesn’t clear the objections by remedying the underlying conditions, the agency could revoke their permits,” Alexander Schell, a spokesperson for the Department of Buildings, told DNAinfo.

HAP CEO Eran Polack said the firm has “responded to the audit and continues to cooperate with the DOB.”

The developer decided to change the balcony colors to white with a magenta rim from green and purple after holding a public vote. [DNAinfo]Mark Maurer

  • WannaBeLandlord

    a true Karim Rashid design would have been a cool addition to Pleasant Ave. Colors are wild, but so is the designers choice in clothes.

    • BH

      not for the people who have lived there for years and can’t even afford a unit in the building

  • AnoNYC

    Why is it set back?

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