Final Vote on Zoning Variance
Yesterday the Board of Standards and Appeals took a final vote on a zoning varaince application for this site, where a developer originally requested a 34% increase in the allowable size of a new development (full application here). The developer claimed the presence of the High Line on the site and landfill undeground created a "financial hardship." GVSHP, among many others, argued strongly against this logic, pointing out that the High Line's presence made this site uniquely desirable, and that other developers had built on the same subsurface conditions without any "hardship."
Fortunately the Board of Standards and Appeals agreed with us; while they granted the developer some waivers to allow more light and air to reach the High Line (to which GVSHP had no objections), they did not grant the developer any of the originally-requested increase in the size of the planned development. This is an important victory for our efforts to preserve the scale and character of the Meatpacking District.