New York Daily News Planned 90-story Manhattan residential skyscraper faces zoning challenge from East Side community group by Jennifer Fermino

New York Daily News
New York Daily News
Planned 90-story Manhattan residential skyscraper faces zoning challenge from East Side community group
Jennifer Fermino
03/11/2016

Planned 90-story Manhattan residential skyscraper faces zoning challenge from East Side community group

 
 
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
 
Friday, March 11, 2016, 7:25 PM
Community groups say the proposed 90-story skyscraper planned at 3 Sutton Place would be an eyesore, and want any new developments on the East Side to be limited to 25 stories or less. 

Community groups say the proposed 90-story skyscraper planned at 3 Sutton Place would be an eyesore, and want any new developments on the East Side to be limited to 25 stories or less. 

That colossal 90-story skyscraper planned for Sutton Place might be in more trouble.

A community group that is fighting the plan sat down with the City Planning Commission in a bid to rezone the low-rise area — and members say their pleas fell on receptive ears.

“There was a recognition that the expansion of mega-towers into a purely residential area would be inappropriate,” said Alan Kersh, president of the East River Fifties Alliance.

The group has asked the city to rezone E. 52nd to E. 59th Sts. from First Ave. to the East River so that all new development would be limited to about 25 stories, or 260 feet.

The building being planned by developer Bauhouse Group would be 900 feet tall in the middle of 58th St. and Sutton Place, making it one of the largest residential towers in the city.

Kersh said that the group, which has filed paperwork with the city to rezone the area, plans to meet again with City Planning.

Several elected officials, including City Councilman Ben Kallos and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, have joined their push for the rezoning.

It’s the latest trouble for Bauhouse, which last month declared bankruptcy. The company did not respond to an email for comment.

 
Issue: 
Land Use