New York City’s Board of Standards and Appeals again upheld the development and construction of 200 Amsterdam Avenue despite years of pushback from both neighborhood groups and members of the State Supreme Court. In possible protest of state-level overreach, the board’s vote of support will allow SJP Properties to legally continue construction of the 668-foot tower.
This decision marks the third failed attempt by opponents to halt construction of the project, which was twice upheld by the board as legal and within applicable zoning laws. Opponents to the development took umbrage with both the height of the project and the assemblage of neighboring lots, which allowed developers to essentially “stack” available air rights.
“Since the very beginning, our only expectation has been that the laws governing the development process be interpreted and applied fairly, in accordance with the legal precedent that has been adhered to for decades,” read an official statement from SJP Properties. “Arbitrary political challenges that seek to change laws midstream and attempt to apply new interpretations retroactively undermine the ability of city agencies to operate efficiently in meeting the demand for new housing and commercial space.”
Following this momentous decision, the Upper West Side tower is expected to top out this summer. Sales are also expected to launch this year in autumn.