COME AND BE HEARD AT THE
BOARD OF STANDARDS & APPEALS
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
WHEN: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
LOCATION: Hearing Room, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
On the 30th of November, 2017, the East River Fifties Alliance (ERFA) together with the steadfast support and commitment of elected officials Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Council Members Ben Kallos and Dan Garodnick, and State Senator Liz Krueger, achieved an appropriate rezoning of the area from East 51st Street to East 59th Street, east of First Avenue, an unprecedented and hard-won victory for this neighborhood and community.
Prior to the rezoning, the developer of the 430 East 58th Street construction site requested a special grandfathering exception that would have allowed construction of a massive, overbearing mega-tower in our neighborhood, but the City Council expressly rejected it.
In December, notwithstanding the City Council’s rejection of the grandfathering request, the developer applied to the Board of Standards & Appeals (BSA) to request a special exception to the new zoning law to implement his plan to build a megatower in our neighborhood.
WHERE WE ARE
ERFA will present a strong case to the BSA opposing the developer’s request for the special exception he seeks to construct the megatower.
We will emphasize to the BSA that ERFA does not want to stop construction; it wants to stop a Looming Towering Nightmare of a building in a residential neighborhood that is now protected — by law — against such absurdly tall towers. The developer is free to build a luxury building that complies with the new law’s “tower-on-a-base” design requirements. That design standard is reasonable and the developer is required to adhere to it. This is also the position taken by Mayor de Blasio on this issue.
Although the history of the development site is complex, the present developer took control of the site months after a public, community-led, formal and official rezoning initiative was already well underway. Our community effort was supported by key elected officials; yet the developer continued to move ahead with an accelerated construction schedule, aided and abetted by numerous and unusual City-issued permits to work on off-hours, weekends, and holidays.
We have amassed a body of evidence confirming that the developer is not entitled to the exception requested, and that to grant it would constitute a violation of New York City law.
ERFA expects to receive a fair hearing on the facts at the Board of Standards & Appeals. That hearing is now scheduled for the 10th of April.
COME AND BE HEARD.
LET THE BOARD OF STANDARDS & APPEALS KNOW THAT
THERE IS NO PLACE FOR A MEGATOWER
IN THE EAST RIVER FIFTIES.
We urge all New Yorkers who are against the Looming Towering Nightmare to attend the BSA public hearing on April 10 and show support for ERFA and the City’s zoning law.
It’s time for the good people of New York City to win on the merits, not the greedy ones who want an exception from the law.