Superior Ink factory site to get fifteen-story development

Poor soil conditions and site contamination create hardship. The owner of 469 West Street sought to construct a 64-unit, fifteen-story mixed-use development with ground floor retail and an underground 60-space accessory parking garage on the current site of the Superior Ink factory. The proposed development would consist of a three-story base topped with a twelve-story residential tower and a series of five, three-story townhouses fronting Bethune Street. In support of a variance, the owner argued that the L-shaped lot created a narrow depth along Bethune Street which prevented a double-loaded corridor. Also, the owner argued that the site’s poor soil conditions and high water table required an extensive pile foundation system and dewatering measures. Finally, the owner argued that the site’s soil was contaminated due to its prior use as a printing establishment. The original proposal called for a twenty- story curvilinear residential tower with 103 units, set back ten feet from West Street. Manhattan Community Board 2, Council Member Christine Quinn and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation recommended disapproval of the application. After the Far West Village was rezoned on October 11, 2005, 2 CityLand 147 (Nov. 15, 2005), the applicant modified its application to fifteen stories with a fifteen-foot setback. The applicant also modified the proposal by centering the residential tower along West Street.

BSA determined that as-of-right development would not provide a reasonable return and that the proposed development would not alter the character of the neighborhood. BSA noted that the current proposal’s tower placement represented the best compromise between the owner and the community.

BSA: 469 West Street (48-05-BZ) (Wachtel & Masyr, LLP, for applicant). CITYADMIN

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