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Old November 20th, 2014, 09:16 PM   #1
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I have to admit, I'm not on board with this one. I grew up here right in this neighborhood and I would be sad to see something of this height built here. I'm fine with the garage going but I would prefer a development similar to Greenwich Lanes in a much smaller scale. Just my .02 cents.



University Place and Broadway in the crosshairs
http://thevillager.com/2014/11/20/university-place-and-broadway-in-the-crosshairs/

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Imagine a young developer from a big New York real estate family wants to make a name for himself. He decides to do so by developing a luxury high-rise tower in the heart of Greenwich Village that will be one of the tallest, if not the tallest, structures ever erected in the historically low-rise neighborhood.
Now imagine that there were no landmark protections to prevent him from building this tower, and that the zoning actually encouraged this kind of development: There were no height limits, which made it easy to build a tall, narrow tower on a large plot of land, requiring no public approvals or review whatsoever.
Unfortunately, this awful scenario is no fantasy; this is exactly what is set to happen at 110 University Place at 12th St., where the Bowlmor Lanes has stood for decades. Billy Macklowe, scion of Harry Macklowe, is demolishing the existing structure and plans to erect a 23-story, 308-foot-tall residential tower in its place — about the height of the concrete-sheathed 30-story N.Y.U. Silver Towers.
Unlike most of Greenwich Village, this site has no landmark protections — much like almost all of University Place and the blocks extending east to Broadway, and west to Fifth Ave. along 12th St. and to the north. And the current zoning, which dates from 1961, encourages tall towers on large development sites, and grants zoning bonuses for including things like plazas and university facilities.
And if this current development scenario is not sufficiently nightmarish, consider that it could actually be worse. Under existing conditions, one could build an even taller building in this area, and unlike Macklowe’s planned residential development, it could be a hotel or even a dorm.
This is not how it should be. Unfortunately, there is almost nothing that can be done to change the rules that would govern this development: Landmark designation, even if it were enacted tomorrow (which is virtually impossible), would not invalidate existing permits granted for demolition or construction on this site. And a zoning change, which by law requires at least several months of public hearings and review, would not affect a development for which even the most modest amount of construction work has been undertaken, allowing the project to be finished under the terms of the old zoning….(read more in article)
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Hopefully Macklowe will build something very nice.
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Old November 22nd, 2014, 12:17 AM   #3
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I have to admit, I'm not on board with this one. I grew up here right in this neighborhood and I would be sad to see something of this height built here. I'm fine with the garage going but I would prefer a development similar to Greenwich Lanes in a much smaller scale. Just my .02 cents.
Same here. I also liked the banh mi place (blanking on the name) where you ate on a tiny mezzanine overlooking attendants shuffling cars in the garage. For some reason it seemed so... New York.
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This POS can't come down soon enough!


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