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Community Planning

B.P. Brewer calls for halting construction on 200 Amsterdam Ave. tower

NEW YORK – Tuesday morning, April 9, 2019, I joined advocates and elected officials to push to stop construction on the residential tower by SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan America at 200 Amsterdam Avenue.

Last month, the New York State Supreme Court ordered the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) to once again review the Department of Buildings (DOB) approval of the building to ensure that it is “in accordance with the plain language” of the zoning resolution. The BSA will revisit the issue and determining whether or not the tower on 200 Amsterdam Avenue uses “gerrymandered” zoning lots that may not be legal.

The rally was announced after my office learned that construction was still continuing on the tower after the Supreme Court ordered a review of the approval.

200 Amsterdam Avenue is a prime example of developers exploiting New York City zoning laws to increase their profits.  The court ruling is on the side of the community, and there is no reason construction should continue on this tower while the legality of it is still being questioned.

You can see video of the event here.