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City officials join opposition to tallest proposed tower on UWS

A community group is taking issue with the SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan's zoning lot design
May 16, 2017 03:45PM

City officials have joined an opposition group in its fight against what would be the Upper West Side’s tallest tower.

Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer on Monday threw their support behind the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development, which filed a challenge against plans for 200 Amsterdam Avenue with the Department of Buildings, Crain’s reported. Developers Mitsui Fudosan and SJP Properties plan to build a 668-foot-tall condo tower on the property.

“The proposed project is completely out of context for the neighborhood, both in terms of scale and character,” Rosenthal said in a statement.

The community group is taking issue with the (basically) gerrymandered zoning lot.

Though the tower’s footprint will only be a little over 10,000 square feet, the zoning lot comes to roughly 100,000 square feet. The site’s previous owners accomplished the weirdly-shaped zoning lot by buying tons of air rights from neighboring properties.

SJP and Mitsui Fudosan bought the parcel at 200 Amsterdam Avenue for $275 million in 2015 and filed plans for a 51-story, 112-unit tower last year. [Crain’s] — Kathryn Brenzel