Developers sue JDS to block 1,000-foot LES tower

Gary Spindler, Roy Schoenberg claim Stern's firm "hijacked" its air rights

TRD New York /
Aug.August 05, 2016 05:50 PM

Developers Gary Spindler and Roy Schoenberg are suing Michael Stern’s JDS Development to block the firm’s planned supertall rental tower on the Lower East Side.

The pair accuses JDS TRData LogoTINY of “hijacking” air rights they were in contract to buy, and seeks unspecified damages, Crain’s reported.

According to the complaint, Spindler and Schoenberg signed a contract to buy 235 Cherry Street from two nonprofits, Settlement Housing Fund and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, in 2012 with plans to build an affordable housing development. But the organizations later canceled the contract and sold the property’s air rights to JDS instead.

Michael Stern’s firm plans to build an 80-story condominium tower at 80 Rutgers Slip, a block from Extell Development’s proposed tower One Manhattan Square.

Spindler and Schoenberg allege that Stern “deliberately induced” the nonprofits to terminate their contract and sell to him instead.

They previously sued the nonprofits over the canceled deal, and last month the Department of City Planning said it won’t approve Stern’s development until that lawsuit is resolved.

JDS is also developing a 1,438-foot-tall condominium tower at 111 West 57th Street with Property Markets Group and plans to build a 1,066-foot-tall tower at 9 Dekalb Avenue with Chetrit Group. The Real Deal profiled JDS in its June issue. [Crain’s] — Konrad Putzier


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
111 West 57th Street (Credit: iStock)

Another legal door closes for jilted investor at 111 West 57th Street

Supreme Court Judge rules against LES development

Two Bridges developers plan to contest judge’s ruling against plans for LES mega development

JDS Development's Michael Stern and a rendering of Two Bridges (Credit: Rendering by Handel Architects via Curbed NY)

Court decision throws JDS’ controversial Two Bridges development into jeopardy

From left: JDS Development Michael Stern, 111 West 57th Street, and Property Markets Group founder Kevin Maloney (Credit: Getty Images)

Sour grapes at 111 West 57th: AmBase tries again to reclaim the Manhattan supertall

Renderings of 9 DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn, 333 Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, and 11-35 49th Avenue in Long Island City (Credit: JDS Development and Elegran)

These were the top 10 outer borough loans in April

JDS secures $664M construction loan for Brooklyn’s future tallest tower

JDS sells Far Rockaway beachfront complex for $33M

Clipper Equity buys out Chetrit at 720-unit Greenpoint project

arrow_forward_ios