New York Daily News East Side skyscrapers could be capped under new City Council zoning plan for Manhattan apartment buildings by Erin Durkin

New York Daily News
New York Daily News
East Side skyscrapers could be capped under new City Council zoning plan for Manhattan apartment buildings
Erin Durkin
01/22/2016

East Side pols filed a zoning plan Thursday to block super-tall towers from rising in the neighborhood around Sutton Place.

The application would cap buildings from 52nd St. to 59th St. east of First Ave. at no more than 260 feet.

"We are drawing a line on the march of superscrapers at billionaire's row to protect our city's residential neighborhoods," said Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), who submitted the plan along with Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan), Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan).

The proposal takes aim at a 90-story, 900-foot luxury condo tower planned for E. 58th St. by developer Bauhouse Group, one of the biggest residential buildings in the city.

The developers have the right to build it under current zoning rules.

“We are moving forward with our project on an as-of-right basis and have already begun demolition. Our project will be nearing completion by the time any rezoning would be heard,” said Bauhouse spokesman John Marino.

The proposed building is the latest in the string of tall luxury towers that have risen along a stretch of 57th St. known as Billionaire’s Row, and begun to spread to other areas.

The new zoning plan would also require the inclusion of affordable housing, an idea that Mayor de Blasio is attempting to implement citywide.

An artist rendering shows the 900-foot, 90-story tower planned by the Bauhouse Group at 3 Sutton Place.

An artist rendering shows the 900-foot,

90-story tower planned by the

Bauhouse Group at 3 Sutton Place.

 

Issue: 
Land Use