Ruling Puts Proposed Sliver Building’s Fate in Jeopardy

by - July 13, 2010 at 5:40 pm -

The Board of Standards and Appeals changed its mind on Tuesday, making it less likely that a brownstone at 330 West 86th Street will be demolished to make way for an ultrathin 17-story building.

330 West 86th now (left) and the proposed building (right).

330 West 86th now (left) and the proposed building (right).

After complaints by preservationists, the board said it would pass jurisdiction of the matter to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. In April, the Board of Standards and Appeals had ruled that the Department of Buildings incorrectly said it could restrict the height of the building. The ruling was considered one of the last impediments to the construction of the 17-story building, which would be built on aplot of land just 20 feet wide. The developer, Dark Horse Development, had spent a decade trying to win a fight to build the condo tower.

“This decision vindicates the community advocates who opposed the demolition,” said Council Member Gale Brewer in a statement.

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