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Old Posted Oct 25, 2017, 1:34 AM
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So who's designing this thing?
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So who's designing this thing?
Stephen Jacobs aka SBJ Group and Juul Hansen.
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Old Posted Oct 25, 2017, 3:42 AM
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Stephen Jacobs aka SBJ Group and Juul Hansen.


Thanks. SBJ is not good, hopefully they're just the architect of record
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Thanks. SBJ is not good, hopefully they're just the architect of record
They are the executive architect (SBJ) so with that comes the responsibility of permits, strategy, keeping track of project documentation, and working with the actual designer of the tower which is Juul Hansen.
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Hah! The vaguery of the rendering must be driving these folks mad - love it
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*Two* measly feet?

AMSL be hanged...hanged, I say.

Make it 949' to the roof just to rub it in...
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NYC Condo Skyscraper's Builder Wins a Round -- With a Catch

By Oshrat Carmiel
November 15, 2017


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The battle over whether an 800-foot condo tower planned for Manhattan’s East Side can be built to its full height took a step forward Wednesday -- with city officials saying both yes, and no.

A years-long neighborhood lobbying effort to cap the height of new towers near the East 50s riverfront won an endorsement Wednesday from the planning commission, which agreed to rezone the area in a way that would make skyscraping condo towers impossible to build. But commissioners also voted to allow Sutton 58, the under-construction project that inspired the rezoning push, to be grandfathered in under the new law, and proceed as is.

“This result says, ‘You guys wanted a rezoning? We’re going to accommodate that. But we’re going to exempt the one building you guys said specifically wasn’t the target,’” said Jonathan Kalikow, president of Gamma Real Estate, the developer building the tall condo project at the site. “We’re very pleased at the recognition.”


The pleasure may be fleeting though. Councilman Ben Kallos, one of the applicants on the rezoning proposal, said he’ll attempt to remove the grandfathering clause when the full city council considers the matter later this month -- the final step in a long bureaucratic process.

“This is a citywide push against overdevelopment,” Kallos said in an interview. “It has to do with a Billionaires’ Row tower that has no place in residential neighborhoods.”

The East River 50s Alliance, the group behind the rezoning push, said it was never just about one project. It was an effort to deter developers from amassing parcels containing low-rise, often rent-stabilized housing and demolishing those buildings in favor of their own megatower.

“We are very optimistic that the city council will see the wisdom of reversing the grandfather provision,” Alan Kersh, the group’s president, said in a statement.
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At least we get to see some NIMBYs squirm a little bit.

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Looks like the developer will win here by default, even if they decide to take out the grandfathered provision...


https://therealdeal.com/2017/11/20/w...-is-happening/

With or without grandfather clause, Gamma says 800-foot tower is happening
One option will add several months to the project's timeline



By Kathryn Brenzel
November 20, 2017


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One way or another, Gamma Real Estate is confident that it will get to build an 800-foot tower on the Upper East Side. The question is when: If the City Council grandfathers the project, the developer can avoid a rezoning and continue working on the project uninterrupted. If not, Gamma will head to the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA). The latter option will add several months to the project’s timeline.

Jonathan Kalikow, Gamma’s co-founder and president, testified on Monday at a zoning and franchises subcommittee hearing that the completion of his Sutton Place project is inevitable. If the developer can show the BSA that the bulk of the project’s foundation is complete, Gamma will likely avoid the rezoning. Under city law, if excavation is complete and “substantial progress made on the foundations,” the project won’t have to abide by the zoning change.

Kalikow said the foundation for Sutton 58, a condominium tower planned for East 58th Street, will be complete in three weeks. Still, he noted that an appeal could take five or six months, imperiling hundreds of construction workers’ jobs.

“The only upshot of removing the grandfathering clause would be to punish us monetarily but also to displace and furlough a bunch of workers who really don’t deserve it,” he said.

Anthony Austin, an employee of Lendlease, which is the general contractor on the site, noted that a shutdown of the site would dramatically impact his family.

“It would technically stop my life,” he said at the hearing. “If it stops me, it stops my wife, it stops my kids. It stops my grandkids.”

Last week, the City Planning Commission approved a controversial rezoning of 10 blocks in Sutton Place but included a clause that would exempt Gamma’s project from the change. Local Council member Ben Kallos, who is a co-sponsor of the rezoning application, is pushing to have the grandfather clause removed before the full council votes on the measure. The rezoning will impose “tower on a base” standards in the area, which means that 45 to 50 percent of a building would need to be built below 150 feet.

Kallos said the grandfather clause might be a “red herring” for extending the rezoning process for another two weeks or so. A change to the application, like removing the clause, would send the measure back to City Planning for review, giving Gamma more time to complete the foundation.

The developer raced to beat the rezoning. Records filed with the Department of Buildings indicate that the city has consistently approved after-hour construction permits for the project for nearly every Saturday since June 3.

Those who support and oppose the rezoning both believe the application’s outcome has the power to set a dangerous precedent. Gamma argues that the effort amounts to spot zoning and will have a chilling effect on construction in the city, rendering “as-of-right” a meaningless concept. The East River Fifties Alliance, a coalition of residents of 45 buildings who filed the rezoning application, maintain that the change is meant to preserve the character of an area where a majority of the buildings range from 16 to 20 stories tall.

“People are extremely aware and concerned about the overdevelopment of supertall buildings,” said Sen. Liz Krueger, who also signed on to ERFA’s application. “Once you establish a precedent that’s out of context, they start popping up everywhere.”
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I love that detailed DOB rendering. Must of used some high powered CAD software to make it.




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New City Council speaker says it’s “possible” he’ll overrule NIMBYs
Corey Johnson to ditch Mark-Viverito’s style


January 03, 2018


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Incoming City Council Speaker Corey Johnson plans to take a more active approach on land use issues, in a departure from his predecessor Melissa Mark-Viverito’s style. And that could be good news for developers.

Mark-Viverito deferred to local Council members when it came to approving rezonings in their districts and never overruled them, Politico reported. But Johnson said it’s “possible” he would overrule a local Council member if he thinks a new development is in the city’s interest.

“In my own district I’ve had more [land use] applications than any other member in the body and my posture is always — how do we get to a place of yes. I don’t come in looking to strike a deal down or stop something,” Johnson told Politico. He also wants to grow the Council’s land use division by hiring more staff and increasing funding.

Johnson also criticized the Council’s attempts to block developments that don’t actually require its approval, such as Gamma Real Estate’s 3 Sutton Place, which has met resistance from Councilmember Ben Kallos and wealthy NIMBYS in the area.

“I want to again respect my colleagues and what decisions are best for them in their districts, but I think we need to just be careful because we have to produce affordable housing in New York City,” he said.


Outgoing land use committee chair David Greenfield said “a big difference in the styles of Melissa and Corey relating to land use.”

“I always found him to be very pragmatic,” he said of Johnson. “I think he will help members get to where they need to be."
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Ruling on Monday, worth a read. NIMBY's are admitting the foundation for the building was essentially completed when the rezoning passed, which would legally exempt this building from that rezoning, but are arguing that in order to complete the foundation the developer unlawfully rushed to get it done, claiming they didn't have permits for work, when they actually did.

Kicker, the developer, "has maintained that the rezoning is driven purely by residents of the Sovereign, a post-war co-op building next door to the construction site, because they feared his project would block their views." Rich NIMBY's in one of the most expensive zip codes in the country just don't want to lose their views. Scumbags.

Group alleges Gamma wrongfully rushed foundation work at Sutton Place tower



"When a “conga line” of cement trucks made their way down East 58th Street to complete a foundation for an 800-foot-tall condo tower, the project’s developer didn’t have a permit to close down the thoroughfare, a group of neighbors opposed to the project claims.

Next week Gamma Real Estate will argue before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals that its project — Sutton 58 — shouldn’t be subject to a rezoning that impacts 10 blocks on the Upper East Side. Crucial to the developer’s argument will be the fact that a majority of the tower’s foundation was completed at the time the rezoning was approved in November — a notion that the East River 50s Alliance challenges.

ERFA, the nonprofit group that launched the rezoning effort, alleges that more than 2,000 cubic yards of concrete was illegally poured at Gamma’s 428-432 East 58th Street. In a letter to the BSA, the organization claims the developer didn’t have the proper permits to close down 58th Street on three dates in November, which allowed a brigade of cement trucks to pour concrete at the site “nonstop.” ERFA also claims that some foundation work was done beyond when after-hours work was authorized by the Department of Buildings and after the City Council approved the rezoning.

DOB records show the project’s general contractor, Lendlease, secured several after-hours work permits at the site, including three after the City Council’s decision to allow for debris clean up. A representative for the city’s Department of Transportation told The Real Deal that Lendlease received initial approval for the road closure but never applied for the full work permit.

Representatives for Lendlease declined to discuss the group’s claims. Calls to Gamma weren’t returned.

“Their letter is based on fiction and doesn’t reflect the facts,” said Jay Neveloff, a partner at Kramer Levin, the firm representing Gamma. He declined to go into further detail. “It’s a nice try by a group showing desperation, but we’re not doing this in the press.”

He noted that his firm will be filing its own letter with the board on Monday.

Under city law, a project can potentially elude new rezoning laws if excavation is complete and there is “substantial progress made on the foundations.” When the City Council approved the changes — which require properties in the area to adhere to “tower on a base” standards — Gamma president Jonathan Kalikow said the tower’s foundation was roughly two weeks away from completion. ERFA alleges that the foundation was only 89 percent complete because Gamma unlawfully rushed to complete the job.

Robert Shepler, ERFA co-chairman, said the City Council already opted not to grandfather Gamma’s project, having removed a clause that the City Planning Commission added. He also argued that rezoned area was an anomaly among residential districts in the city, being that it didn’t have mid-block zoning restrictions.

“This developer was taking advantage of an historical accident,” Shepler said. “He was acting in such great haste and did so wrongfully.”

Shepler said efforts to rezone the area started before Gamma took control of the property from Joseph Beninati’s Bauhouse Group in December 2016, so the developer knew the risk of moving forward with a high-rise condo tower. Kalikow has maintained that the rezoning is driven purely by residents of the Sovereign, a post-war co-op building next door to the construction site, because they feared his project would block their views.

Under the rezoning, buildings in the area face new height restrictions. Specifically, 45 to 50 percent if the building must be built below 150 feet. Bauhouse had planned a nearly 1,000-foot tower for the site. Gamma seeks to build an 800-foot building."
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