Brewer pushes for stricter zoning

New York /
Dec.December 12, 2007 02:41 PM

Developers looking to take advantage of the zoning wiggle room they get
when they build near major city avenues may have to change their ways
if City Council Member Gale Brewer has her way.

Brewer, who represents the Upper West Side, is pushing to change zoning
regulations that allow developers to transfer air rights from “avenue
lots,” to nearby blocks otherwise restricted to low-rise buildings.

Brewer sent a letter to Amanda Burden, the city’s planning department
head, after receiving complaints about Linden78, the new 21-story
residential tower planned for 230 West 78th Street between Broadway and
Amsterdam Avenue. The mid-block structure — which is next to the famed
Stand-Up New York comedy club — was designed by Handel Architects. The
35-unit condo building will cantilever over an adjacent townhouse.

The project’s developer, Urban Residential, is taking advantage of a
zoning regulation that allows him to build the project as-of-right and
buy air rights from a “lot, corner” development on Broadway.

Urban Residential did not immediately return calls for comment.

Brewer’s Dec. 7th letter acknowledged that Urban Residential plans are
in accordance with the law, but argued that the regulation “must be
amended to prevent this type of situation from occurring again.”

Brewer’s office said efforts to change the zoning law have gained
widespread support in the area, including from Community Board 7’s
district manager and from the community organization Coalition for a
Livable West Side. 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
 Fredrik Eklund and the property (Getty, Steve Frankel)
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Gordon Ramsey and his Lucky Cat restaurant (Lucky Cat)
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says housing failures are his biggest regret
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says housing failures are his biggest regret
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says housing failures are his biggest regret
48 East 81st Street
5 enviable abodes on the Upper East Side
5 enviable abodes on the Upper East Side
Battle royale over East Hampton Airport rages on
Battle royale over East Hampton Airport rages on
Battle royale over East Hampton Airport rages on
(iStock)
Rents in New York and South Florida metros surged more than 30%, led nationwide rise
Rents in New York and South Florida metros surged more than 30%, led nationwide rise
Chetrit’s Queens industrial loft signs warehouse startup for 90K sf
Chetrit’s Queens industrial loft signs warehouse startup for 90K sf
Chetrit’s Queens industrial loft signs warehouse startup for 90K sf
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...