Zoning

Staten Island Mall Outlines 445K SF Expansion Plans

Staten Island Mall plans

Staten Island Mall officials plan to expand the 41-year-old Heartland Village mainstay by 444,835 square feet to transform it into a 1.67-million-square-foot megamall by 2017, according to documents filed with the city by mall owner General Growth Properties.

A 36-page blueprint that representatives for the Chicago-based operator of 120 malls nationwide will present at the Department of City Planning Thursday outlines an enlargement that would include a 75,000-square-foot addition to the Macy’s department store onsite, a three-story, 1,500-spot garage and a 50,000-square-foot supermarket on space currently occupied by parking lots. Read More

The Lobby

Mayor Nominates BSA, Landmarks Commissioners

Bill de Blasio.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has nominated Margery Perlmutter as commissioner of the Board of Standards and Appeals. Adi Shamir Baron and John Gustafsson were also nominated as commissioners of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The nominations have been submitted to the City Council for final approval, according to a release issued by the Office of the Mayor. Read More

Developing Situations

High Line Developer Backs Down on Bid to Score More Square Feet for Studio Gang-Designed Tower

The new design will not be as large.

The developer of a commercial tower planned to rise along the western edge of the High Line at 13th Street and Tenth Avenue has dropped its bid to build a significantly larger structure than is allowed by zoning. The proposed tower, to be designed by Chicago-based architecture firm Studio Gang, had sought a variance to build 34 percent larger than is permitted by zoning at 40-56 Tenth Avenue. However, after a number of appearances before the Board of Standards and Appeals, it became clear that approval for the variance would not be forthcoming, according to Howard Goldman, the project’s land use attorney. However, developer William Gottlieb Real Estate is still seeking height and setback variances in its modified application. Read More

Controversies

Controversial Building Set to Rise Next to High Line Park Pits Preservationists Against Developers Once Again

Rendering of 860 Washington Street

A group of preservationists reacting to the announcement of a groundbreaking at 860 Washington Street is warning New Yorkers to take in the sprawling views at the popular High Line Park while they can.

Romanoff Equities Construction announced last week that its partnership with real estate asset management company Property Group Partners will begin construction immediately on the 10-story, 120,000-square-foot mixed-use office property adjacent to the popular park in the Meatpacking District.

“It will completely cut off views,” said Andrew Berman, executive director at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.   “Instead we’ll get this 175-foot glass wall that will detract from the experience of the High Line.”

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