Judge temporarily halts Gansevoort project

Appellate judges will decide whether or not the project should be further held up

Apr.April 06, 2017 08:00 AM

70-74 Gansevoort Street (Credit: Aurora Capital Associates)

After last week’s victory, Aurora Capital Associates and William Gottlieb Real Estate’s controversial Meatpacking District project has hit another speed bump.

Save Gansevoort, a group of community activists opposed to the project at 46-74 Gansevoort Street, won an emergency stay from an appellate court to temporarily halt the commercial development. The order comes a little over a week after a New York State Supreme Court judge threw out the group’s lawsuit against the developers and the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The judge found that Landmarks didn’t approve the project “irrationally,” but the group disagrees, and is now seeking to reverse the decision in the state appellate division.

The appellate judge granted the stay until a full bench of the appellate court decides whether it should remain in place throughout the appealing process. The stay prevents the developers from moving forward with demolishing two buildings included in the project.

Save Gansevoort filed a lawsuit in October, taking issue with, among other things, the project’s proposed height. The developers are turning five buildings on the strip into 111,000 square feet of commercial space. Representatives for the developers didn’t respond to requests seeking comment. Aurora and Gottlieb have until April 21 to respond to the appeal.

Related Articles

Judge Janet DiFiore and Judge Rowan Wilson (Credit: iStock, New York State Courts)

High court decision has tenants stewing, landlords oohing

US Steel’s sprawling South Works site is about the size of Downtown Chicago. At left, Common, who wants to partner with developers on a mixed-use entertainment district there, and Dan McCaffery, whose vision for a 13,000-home community fizzled out. (Credit: Common by Paras Griffin/Getty Images; McCaffery via McCaffery Interests; aerial by Cushman & Wakefield)

South Works, the 415-acre “magnificent property,” is Chicago’s biggest development opportunity

Sharif El-Gamal (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)

WATCH: Developer Sharif El-Gamal has Covid-19. But he’s one of the lucky ones

Knotel CEO Amol Sarva 

Another huge round of layoffs for Knotel

Miki Naftali, Steven Witkoff and Ryan Freedman

TRD Talks: How developers are contending with coronavirus

Governor Andrew Cuomo (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images; iStock)

Cuomo’s foreclosure, mortgage moratorium has no teeth

From left: Realogy's Ryan Schneider, Cushman & Wakefield's Brett White and Newmark Knight Frank's Barry Gosin (Credit: iStock)

Brokerage stocks plunge amid market turmoil

Mayor Bill de Blasio halted ULURP, stalling projects like 960 Franklin Avenue, Rikers Island and Industry City 

These projects could be held up by New York’s rezoning freeze