City Planning critical of community group’s fight against Gamma’s UES tower

Group wants to cap heights to under 300 feet tall

New York /
Apr.April 13, 2017 12:15 PM

The Department of City Planning is not yet on board with a community group’s proposal to chop the height of Gamma Real Estate’s proposed Upper East Side tower by more than half.

The East River 50s Alliance submitted a revised application to the department, seeking to limit the height of 3 Sutton Place to between 210 and 260 feet tall, Politico reported. The developer’s plans call for a 700-foot-tall residential tower.

The group, which initially filed an application last year, wants to apply the city’s voluntary inclusionary housing program to the tower as well as its surrounding neighborhood — an area bounded by East 51st and 59th streets and First Avenue and Sutton Place.

City Planning’s Bob Tuttle noted that many of the buildings in the area wouldn’t comply with the proposed zoning change.

“This proposal would reduce the amount of housing that could be built in the area, based on unduly restrictive limits on heights. Such actions would contribute to exacerbating the shortage in the supply of housing,” he wrote.

Officials told Politico that this is the first time in recent memory that a group of residents has proposed changing the city’s zoning regulations to target one development.

For its part, Gamma TRData LogoTINY has accused the group of pursuing the change out of self-interest, saying many of the members are residents of a nearby high-rise, the Sovereign, and are just trying to protect their views. Gamma purchased the property at the end of last year through foreclosure.  [Politico]Kathryn Brenzel 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
From left: 80 Columbus Circle with Robert Stiller and 737 Park Avenue with Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (Photos via Google Maps, Agnovos, State of Qatar, Godsfriendchuck/Wikimedia)
Mandarin Oriental, 737 Park units sell at substantial losses
Mandarin Oriental, 737 Park units sell at substantial losses
Steve Cohen and 151 East 158th Street (Getty, Google Maps)
Steve Cohen’s $30M condo sells above asking — after a 74% cut
Steve Cohen’s $30M condo sells above asking — after a 74% cut
Nicole Oge, Casa Blanca founders Hannah Bomze and Erez Zaurer (Getty, Casa Blanca)
Former Elliman, WeWork marketing chief joins “Bumble for homes” startup
Former Elliman, WeWork marketing chief joins “Bumble for homes” startup
470 Broome Street  and Rayo Withanage (Photos via Saltzman Architects, P.C. and Withanage)
From Picasso’s estate to squatting in Soho: The 470 Broome Street affair
From Picasso’s estate to squatting in Soho: The 470 Broome Street affair
Tenants are singing longer leases to lock in low rent. (Getty)
Tenants locking in longer leases as apartment rents rise
Tenants locking in longer leases as apartment rents rise
Last year more people relocated to ZIP codes with lower home values and more space. (Getty)
Long-distance movers found cheaper and larger homes in 2020
Long-distance movers found cheaper and larger homes in 2020
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell (Getty)
Traders eye Fed pullback on mortgage bonds
Traders eye Fed pullback on mortgage bonds
(iStock)
Manhattan contracts bloomed to all-time highs in the spring
Manhattan contracts bloomed to all-time highs in the spring
arrow_forward_ios

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

Loading...