NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the Department of Building’s decision to revoke permits for the Extell development on West 66th Street:
“I applaud today’s decision by the Department of Buildings (DOB) to revoke the permits for Extell’s proposed supertall tower on West 66th Street. From the beginning, I have opposed the developer’s decision to use a monstrous 160-foot void to boost the number of condos with views—and boost sale prices—while robbing the community of sunlight and air. By ruling that a mechanical space with a floor-to-floor height of 160 feet is not an ‘accessory use’ allowed under zoning, DOB correctly interpreted both the letter and the intent of the City’s zoning code. This is a victory not only for the Upper West Side, but for communities all over the city that find themselves outgunned by developers who try to bend or break zoning rules for massive private profit.
“My office will continue to work with the City Council to urge the Department of City Planning to amend the Zoning Resolution so that communities do not have to resort to permit challenges every time a building like this is proposed.”