13th St. Undulating-Glass Building Gives Zoning Committee The Jitters

Donald Trump wasn’t the only developer to get the thumbs down from Community Board 2’s Zoning Committee during its meeting at Housing Works on W. 13th St. on Thursday evening.

An application for eight changes to existing zoning laws for a proposed 11-story, 36-unit luxury condominium complex on a vacant parking lot at 122 Greenwich Ave. was also rejected by the board.Representatives for the developer, the Hines organization, had argued that the variances were essential in order for the multinational firm to avoid economic hardship in undertaking the project.Under current zoning regulations, if the owner of a development site can prove economic loss due to current zoning laws — hardship — the city will grant zoning variances.However, after hearing Hines’s case, the committee unanimously disagreed and, as an advisory body to the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals, will inform the agency of its decision, which may have some bearing on the authority’s overall decision on the project.The board committee also frowned at the design’s undulating glass facade and the scale of its tower portion, concluding that the size and look of the design of the tower did not fit into the neighborhood’s quaint, low-rise character.

Hines wants to raise the height of the building by 15 feet as well as add several bulk variances, which would include extending the back of the 60,000-square-foot complex to make the luxury units more spacious and therefore more alluring to prospective buyers, representatives for the developer argued.

They also requested a variance for the 4,800 square feet of retail space that would form the base of the building, submitting proposals to raise the ceiling by several feet.

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Date: 24 July 2006
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