After going four rounds with the Board of Standards and Appeals over zoning laws, developer William Gottlieb Real Estate has scrapped its original design for a commercial tower to be built near the High Line.
The building Gottlieb planned to put up at 40-56 10th Avenue in the Meatpacking District was 34 percent bigger than zoning laws for the area permit, according to the New York Observer. Gottlieb had sought a zoning variance because building a smaller tower might not be profitable given the expense of building on sand instead of bedrock.
Although the building — dubbed “Solar Carve” by its Chicago-based architect, Jeanne Gang — was designed to block as little light and views from the High Line as possible, some residents were against the variance. Gottlieb is still seeking height and setback variances in the modified application, according to the article. [NYO] – Angela Hunt