Variance granted for 11-story mixed-use building

Increased costs justified variance for mid-block site along Broadway. B & E 813 Broadway LLC applied to BSA for a variance to construct an 11- story mixed-use building on Broadway between East 11th and East 12th Streets. The 5,069-square-foot development site consists of two merged lots containing smaller two- and four-story buildings which the developer would demolish to make way for the new 129-foot tall building. The proposed development would exceed floor area, height, setback … <Read More>

Court reverses variance challenge

Red Hook Chamber of Commerce sued BSA and City but failed to name owner. In 2003, BSA granted a use variance to 160 Imlay Real Estate LLC to convert a vacant six-story industrial building into 150 luxury condominiums. The Red Hook-Gowanus Chamber of Commerce then filed an Article 78 suit to annul the variance, but failed to include Imlay as a party within the allotted time.

The Supreme Court allowed the case to move forward … <Read More>

BSA denies variance for retail development

Developer sought to convert site formerly occupied by a gas station. The owner of a site located in an R3-2 zoning district sought a use variance to construct a one-story retail building. The site, located at 146-93 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, is currently occupied by a former gas station/auto repair facility that was subject to a use variance that expired in 1997.

The owner argued that it could not develop the site for residential use … <Read More>

Board 7 and Avella convince owner to adjust variance

Owner agrees to demolish a portion of a garage in order to build a two-story expansion. The owner of a two-story single-family home with a detached garage at 7-12 126th Street sought a variance from rear yard requirements to facilitate construction of a two-story addition. The 1935 home is located in a portion of College Point that the City rezoned from R3-2 to R2A in 2005. 2 CityLand 135 (Oct. 15, 2005).

The owner claimed … <Read More>

First Department orders BSA to issue variance

Court affirmed power to overturn BSA even when it failed to consider all five variance factors. In 1999, George Pantelidis, owner of a townhouse in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, obtained a permit from the Department of Buildings to construct a glass-enclosed stairwell at the rear of his building. The stairwell allowed the Pantelidis family, who occupied the second and third floors of the five-story building, to move about their residence without using the public stairs.… <Read More>

Two Tribeca variances OK’d: BSA adopts Comm Bd.’s advice

Tribeca residents ask BSA to reduce the size of this development proposed for 415 Washington Street. Image Courtesy of the Office of Joseph Pell Lombardi, Architect.

Two private developers applied to BSA for variances to build residential buildings on manufacturingzoned lots in Tribeca. At 415 Washington Street, Joseph Pell Lombardi applied to construct a nine-story, 56,010-square-foot residential building with a 6.02 FAR, exceeding floor area limits and necessitating a use variance. Located within the Tribeca … <Read More>