Proposal to grow 815 Fifth rejected again

TRD New York /
Mar.March 19, 2013 11:30 AM

Plans for a 14-story high-rise at 815 Fifth Avenue, wedged between two stately towers, have been rejected for a second time by Community Board 8’s Landmarks Committee, Curbed reported.

Brazilian developer JHSF Participacoes S.A., as The Real Deal reported, purchased the 12-apartment, two-office building site for $32 million last year and has angered residents in the neighborhood by proposing to more than double height of the building — the oldest on Fifth Avenue between 59th and 110th streets.

After the committee rejected the proposal, but architect Tim Greer scaled back the project so that it was, as he described it, “more sensitive to the context” of the building’s history and neighborhood.

Committee members, however, nixed the revisions last night, telling Greer that he was “missing the point” and that “the height is a real concern because it changes the character of the block.” [Curbed] — Christopher Cameron

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