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Studio/Gang’s High Line tower gets green light

Office tower sails through Board of Standards and Appeals approval in fourth go-round
May 14, 2014 03:30PM

A High Line-adjacent tower, after slogging through three unsuccessful appeals for a zoning variance that would permit its planned size, snagged approval from the Board of Standards and Appeals with a fourth-round proposal that trimmed the project’s height and utilizing setbacks.

The ten-story tower will occupy 40-56 Tenth Avenue, the full block between West 13th and 14th streets, and is dubbed Solar Carve. Developer William Gottlieb Real Estate is now reportedly not asking for any additional floor area, only minor variances on the project’s height and setbacks. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation reacted in an email blast saying it is “glad” the building won’t be larger, Curbed reported.

The project is to total 186,700 square feet and is planned to open in 2015, according to design blog Archpaper. Originally, the developer sought to construct a tower 213 feet tall — 34 percent larger than permitted by current zoning — and the revised height was not immediately clear. [Archpaper] and [Curbed]Julie Strickland