The Real Deal
Advisory: Manhattan Electeds Call on City to prohibit developers from evading zoning regulations
Who: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Liz Krueger (Rep), Council Member Ben Kallos, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, Landmark West!
What: Press Conference calling on the on Board of Standards and Appeals to rule against the creation of small unbuildable lots designed to sidestep zoning regulations and against the gerrymandering of lots by developers for the same purpose.
Where: City Hall Steps
When: Monday, July 16 at 11:30 AM
Why: Allowing the blatant circumvention of zoning rules through the creation of unbuildable lots and the gerrymandering of lots will lead to more abuses of the loopholes and the undermining of Zoning Rules throughout New York City. The buildings under construction at 200 Amsterdam Avenue and 180 East 88th Street are just two cases on the Upper West and Upper East Sides that use these tactics, but if the BSA permits these buildings to stand, such practices will become the norm citywide. The deliberate sculpting and gerrymandering of zoning lots to evade zoning rules are just two examples of the loopholes developers are using that undermine the City’s own rules for private gain. These lead to buildings that are out of scale and negatively impact the character of residential neighborhoods. Tactics like inter-building and mechanical voids and ultra-tall ceiling heights that are exempt from zoning are additional loopholes exploited to maximize height. Mayor de Blasio and Marisa Lago, Chair of the City Planning Commission, committed recently to addressing the mechanical void issue. At a June 27th town hall, the Mayor acknowledged that the City should study all the loopholes, not only voids. He said, “The logical answer is we should look at all the loopholes and come back with a decision… We should come back and look at the whole package.” Now, we call on the Mayor to uphold his word and direct the Department of City Planning to investigate the full package of loopholes contributing to overdevelopment in residential communities citywide and propose a meaningful policy solution.
Please join us on Thursday morning, July 12th for a strategic information session in ERFA’s quest to save our residential community from overdevelopment.
WHEN: Thursday, July 12th, 8-9 a.m.
WHERE: Morso Restaurant, 420 East 59th Street
As has been covered extensively in the news and real estate trade publications, the Board of Standards & Appeals has granted the developer of the 430 East 58th Street site an exception to our new zoning legislation.
We will review the status of our situation, answer questions regarding the case moving forward, and discuss how we hope and expect to achieve a favorable result in this battle.
Yours in rightful zoning,
ERFA Leadership Team
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Save the Date:
ERFA Town Hall for Thursday, the 12th is tentatively scheduled for 8 am. Details to follow.
ERFA IS THE POWER OF MANY VOICES
HELP US SAVE THE EAST RIVER FIFTIES FROM A LOOMING, TOWERING NIGHTMARE
JOIN US FOR THE LAST AND FINAL CHAPTER OF OUR BATTLE
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 10 a.m.
WHAT: 2nd BSA Hearing re: 430 East 58th StreeT
WHERE: 22 Reade Street, New York, NY
WHY: Oppose Construction of a Megatower at 430 East 58th Street
SPECIAL NOTE: The BSA hearing is called for 10 a.m. ERFA will likely be called to appear around 11 a.m., but that is subject to change, without notice.If you have time constraints, please bring a copy of your testimony to the hearing to ensure that it is included with all of our submissions.Winning requires a level of commitment that transcends what is typically necessary in connection with the exercise of rights in the democratic process.We must absolutely bring a show of force to this hearing: speakers, passionate community members, concerned citizens to help us get to the finish line.
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