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Old Posted Oct 17, 2011, 11:31 PM
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No kidding! Firm locks playground

By CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
October 2, 2011

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A developer has padlocked a popular Upper East Side park, holding it hostage unless the city agrees to its demands for a tax break. The real-estate giant Related Companies chained the entrance of Rupert Playground on Sept. 12 and has private security guards patrolling it.

Related bought the site from the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development for $10 million in 1983 under an urban-renewal plan to revitalize the area. Under the agreement, it had to clean up and maintain the park for public use through June 20, 2008. Related continued to keep it open to the public until last month.

One plan on the drawing board is for Related to build a 49-story tower in the park’s footprint, but so far, the company has held off on demolition work, leaving a small window open for negotiations.

Related was getting tax breaks for the playground’s upkeep but is now asking for several million dollars more in tax breaks for an adjoining property, the older luxury rental Carnegie Park, according to a city source.
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Old Posted Oct 17, 2011, 11:35 PM
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Residents Rally to Save Ruppert Playground


City Council Speaker Christine Quinn rallied with residents and other elected officials on Sunday, Oct. 16, to save Ruppert Playground.
They are hoping to work something out with Related, which plans to build a 49-story tower on the site.


October 17, 2011
By Amy Zimmer

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Yorkville residents are fighting plans by a developer to raze Ruppert Playground and replace it with a 49-story tower now that the 25-year deal to keep the privately owned space public has expired.

The Related Companies, which bought the land from the city in 1983, locked the park a month ago. But many residents rallied with elected officials outside it's shuttered gates on Sunday to demand the playground be reopened — and remain open.

The grassroots "Save Ruppert Playground" campaign has called on the city to designate the popular patch of asphalt and green on East 93rd Street, between Second and Third avenues, as a public park and give the developer another piece of land to build on instead.

A spokeswoman for Related told NY1 that it kept its end of the deal and is now is considering plans to develop the land.
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Stupid NIMBYS. If they want their 'free' park so bad then they should create a fund to buy back the land from Related. It would be moot because they would barely raise anything when push comes tl.shove and actual $$ is involved.
     
     
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I am sure a resolution could be reached to open the roof areas of this building for public use as green space, and a park to make up for what is being taken away.
     
     
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Related is at least in talks with officials about saving the park. But I think it's more likely to be developed.

Video from the rally...
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Cancer Center Slated for East Side Tower

By ELIOT BROWN
October 31, 2011

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New York development giant Related Cos. has struck a deal to build a home for an elaborate $240 million cancer-treatment center on East 92nd Street topped by a 35-story apartment tower, according to people familiar with the matter....on Friday, in a meeting with elected officials, Related unveiled plans to anchor the building with a center that treats cancer by beaming protons at tumors, an emerging and expensive form of radiation therapy.

For Related, the deal adds a new twist for its planned rental tower. Related took control of the playground from the city in the early 1980s, as part of a deal in which it bought a nearby site on which it developed an apartment tower. At the time, Related agreed to keep the playground operating as a public space until 2008, at which point it could develop the site.

Related told the elected officials it would look for options to set aside public open space as part of its plans for the 250-apartment tower.
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With that sort of a partner for the tower, I imagine Related could get going on this tower relatively soon. The lot looks relatively small as well, so if it's topped by 35 floors residential floors this could be relatively tall. Great news, thank NYGuy.
     
     
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Related Irradiates Ruppert Playground to Win Over Pols



By Matt Chaban 10/31

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At Ruppert Playground, neighbors have been fighting the powerful Related Companies, which is preparing to replace the open space with a new apartment tower possibly reaching 40 stories.

The developer has every right to do so, as it built the playground three decades ago and only had to keep it open through 2008. This has not kept those on the block and their elected officials from fighting the plan, but now Related seems to have found its secret weapon: photon rays!
No, the developer will not be wielding lasers in its NIMBY battle. Instead, it plans to build a state-of-the-art cancer in the base of the building, according to The Journal...

Related is also considering a way to incorporate at least some open space into its plan, which may assuage the neighbor’s concerns. There is the possibility, though, that adding medical facilities could add to the tower’s size, since it might qualify for a community benefits bonus under the zoning code, making this a double deal for Related: a tenant that pleases some opponents while making for a taller, and therefore more valuable, tower.
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Odd bedfellows on UES

October 31, 2011
by Erik Ipsen


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Commercial necessity can make for odd bedfellows, especially in the pricey precincts of Manhattan. Take the plan that Related Cos. reportedly discussed with government officials on Friday. The big developer is proposing to put a big cancer-treatment center at the base of its long-planned residential tower on East 92nd Street, according to The Wall Street Journal.

So what’s so odd about that? Well, for openers the consortium that is keen to build the cancer center had been shopping around for cheap real estate on the West Side along the Hudson for many months. So the switch to the tony and terribly pricey Upper East Side is a bit of a shocker. So too is the fact that the group, which includes Memorial Sloan-Kettering and NYU Langone, is investing a whopping $240 million in highly targeted proton-therapy treatment that some experts say may be no better than far cheaper conventional radiation treatments.

Now that the developer is ready to dig at last, the neighbors are up in arms over the prospective loss of their green space to make way for yet more luxury apartments. Local politicians, including Council Speaker Christine Quinn, share that outrage. Ah, but a tower that would house a state-of-the-art cancer-zapping device (as well as 250 snappy luxury units in the 35 stories above)—now that’s potentially a project far harder to fault. The cancer center, keep in mind, promises not just cures, but jobs—lots of them—from union construction crews to all those men and women in white lab coats.
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With the amount of park space opened in the city over the last few decades, you'd have to think that these people just like to complain.
     
     
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Developers' Plan for 35-Story Tower at Ruppert Playground Hits Snag

January 19, 2012
By Amy Zimmer


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A developer's plan to replace a popular playground with a 35-story residential tower and cancer treatment center has incurred the wrath of Yorkville residents.

Now, the Related Companies' project could face an even bigger hurdle.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wrote a letter Wednesday to Community Board 8 calling its plans for Ruppert Playground a "major land use decision" that requires a full public review. "I will strongly oppose any efforts to bypass the ULURP [uniform land use review procedure] process if Related ends up moving forward with its plans," Quinn wrote.

Under the deal Related struck with the city in 1983, the developer was only required to keep the space open to the public for 25 years. After that agreement expired in 2008, the company began gearing up to build. It closed the playground in September 2011.

But advocates from the group Save Ruppert Playground believe they recently uncovered a wrench in Related's plans. They claim that nothing can be developed on the playground without a zoning change.

If the building is considered a "minor modification" to the site, it would simply be handled by the City Planning Commission without public input. But if it's deemed a "major modification," then the City Council must review the project and hear community input. Many elected officials are pressing for the public review.
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Related Sets School Deal

By LAURA KUSISTO
September 12, 2012

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After plans fell through to build a cancer-treatment center as part of a development on East 92nd Street, Related Cos. instead has landed a school for children with learning disabilities to anchor the site. Related has struck a deal with the Windward School, based in White Plains, N.Y., for a new $32 million school, which will anchor the first five floors of a planned 35-story residential tower between Second and Third avenues.

The school, which has spent years contemplating an expansion into the city, was initially focused on lower Manhattan, but it could find no sites that were both suitable and affordable. "We looked and looked and looked and looked," said John Russell, head of the school. "It became clear to us that the Upper East Side was a very viable alternative."

School officials were attracted to the Upper East Side site, in particular, because of Related's record as a residential developer, helping to assure them that the project would be built on time. "The key thing for Windward was that whoever was building for them had to be a good partner," said Mark Weiss, a broker at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, who arranged the deal.

The new 60,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in 2015 and could accommodate as many as 350 students. "We are thrilled to partner with the Windward School to create a state-of-the-art educational facility on the Upper East Side and expand their critical work at a location convenient to New York families," Jeff Blau, chief executive of Related, said in a statement.

Related plans to begin construction in early 2013 on the property, which has a long and sometimes controversial history.
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Upper East Siders protest ‘land grab’ by Related Companies as towers expands
Developer wants to pave over playground. Foes say law requires Related Companies to get permission of residents.






By Joey Scarborough AND Tanay Warerkar
September 30, 2013


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Dozens of angry upper East Siders packed a City Council hearing Monday to protest a developer's plans to destroy a beloved 35-year-old Yorkville playground to make room for another luxury tower.

The Related Companies, a high-end developer, wants to pave over the playground at the center of its existing Carnegie Park property on E. 92nd between Second and Third Aves. — but opponents say the company is making an illegal land grab.

"They have no legal right to build," said Geoffrey Croft, of NYC Park Advocates, who has lived in the neighborhood for over 30 years. "They want to slide it under this administration because this is a real estate-friendly administration."

At issue are conflicting views of city law dating back to the urban renewal era of the 1960s. That law required developers to get permission from area residents before making any changes to open space.

But Related said it was required only to maintain the playground for 25 years when it bought the city-owned land in 1983.

Related maintained the playground until 2011 — and its lawyer urged the Council’s Land-Use Committee to recognize that the company has lived up to the agreement.

"We created our own problem (by creating) a first class park and spending millions of dollars maintaining this land," said lawyer Jesse Masyr. "I don't think it was ever the intention of the (city) for the developers to seek the neighbors' permission when the agreement expired.”

City councilmembers didn't seem convinced.

"This has been a valued park for residents in the neighborhood for many years," said Dan Garodnick (D-Upper East Side). "It is disappointing to all of us that you're going to construct a building on the site."

The proposal includes a 35-story building with more than 200 units of housing — one-quarter of which be below-market rate.

The Land Use Committee did not vote, and its recommendation will be passed along to the full City Council, which often defers to the local councilmember.

Residents hope so.

"This playground was one of the few places where our kids could feel safe, where we built community, organized play dates," said Renee Inniss, who has lived in Yorkville for over 20 years. "My son learned to play basketball there.”
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Some people are really stupid.

Did they really think Related purchased the land, maintained it as required (and for three additional years) and weren't going to develop it when they had the right to?

I have an idea, I'm going to buy a piece of land, pay taxes on it then not do anything with it.
     
     
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Some people are really stupid.

Did they really think Related purchased the land, maintained it as required (and for three additional years) and weren't going to develop it when they had the right to?

I have an idea, I'm going to buy a piece of land, pay taxes on it then not do anything with it.
It's similar to the situation going on now at 5 Pointz. When you let someone "use" something long enough, they begin to feel ownership.
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Permits Filed: 203 East 92nd Street
BY: NIKOLAI FEDAK ON JANUARY 23RD 2014 AT 6:00 AM


203 East 92nd Street, viewed from the East — image from the DOB

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Fresh permits are up for Related’s new project at 203 East 92nd Street, which will stand 36 stories tall. The architect of record is Handel, and the structure will be mixed-use; lower levels will be occupied by offices and a school, while the tower portion will contain 308 residences. The City Planning Commission granted approval to the plans this past August.

Renderings were also attached to the latest filings, and indicate a fairly typical design; the facade will be a mix of masonry and glass. The images conceal the building’s irregular octagonal shape, which will add a touch of flair to an otherwise reserved concept. Certainly, 203 East 92nd Street will be far more attractive than surrounding towers; aesthetically, the neighborhood suffers from a blight of post-war buildings.

203 East 92nd Street saw a fair deal of controversy after Related announced intentions to develop the site, which housed Ruppert Playground; neighborhood NIMBYs opposed the project without any solid ground, and consequently, plans are now moving ahead.

Per The Wall Street Journal, initial plans were for a 49-story tower; evidently those have been shelved in favor of Handel’s shorter building. Foundation work has been approved and work should be underway shortly, though no completion date has been announced.


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One of the few cases where a height reduction isn't a bad thing. I don't think a 49 story tower would fit in with this location.
     
     
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Related's Upper East Side Tower O' 230 Apartments, Revealed!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, by Hana R. Alberts



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A tipster reported that the blue plywood is up and work has begun at 205 East 92nd Street, where developer Related Companies has cleared out the old Ruppert Playground to make way for a 36-story building. The fence surrounding the through-block lot between 92nd and 93rd streets holds an updated rendering of the building (at right), designed by Handel Architects, which looks more sleek and modern than the brick-accented earlier versions below.

There's a seven-floor podium at the base that will house a school for kids with learning disabilities as well as, markings on DOB records show, an Equinox gym. Then the 388-foot-tall building tapers, with floors eight through 35 housing apartments—230 of them, to be precise, according to the new building permit approved in January. At one point, there was to be a combination of condos, market-rate rentals, and affordable rentals, but that mix is outdated, so stay tuned. Out of a total of 384,300 square feet, 303,933 will be residential, 33,935 will be commercial or retail, and 46,432 will be a community facility (that's the school). Signage on the construction site shows an estimated completion date of 2016.
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[The complete signage with rendering.]


[A crane was working on the lot this morning.]


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I wonder why the hospital space in the lower floors was scrapped of the recent design.
     
     
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