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Community Planning

Lawsuit to compel public review of Holmes Tower infill development

I’ve filed a lawsuit against Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYCHA demanding that the plan for Holmes Towers Infill development on First Avenue and 93rd Street be subject to the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) as required by the state public housing law.

State public housing law requires that localities follow a standard approval process. In New York City, that’s the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, and so far NYCHA and the Mayor are circumventing it on behalf of a building that would violate current zoning for the land.

It’s undemocratic and unlawful. If this development undergoes ULURP, I’m confident the results would turn out even better for NYCHA than a plan cooked up behind closed doors and then merely announced as a fait accompli.

The lawsuit can be viewed online here.

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