UPDATE: UNFORTUNATE NEWS FROM
THE COURT OF APPEALS
Say No To Destroying the Gansevoort Market Historic District.
STOP MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT ON GANSEVOORT STREET.
A DEVELOPER IS PROPOSING TO BUILD TWO MASSIVE BUILDINGS ON HISTORIC GANSEVOORT STREET IN THE LANDMARKED MEATPACKING DISTRICT. One is an EIGHT-STORY, 120-FOOT-TALL STRUCTURE to be built at Gansevoort & Washington Streets. A second SIX-STORY, 98-FOOT-TALL building is being planned just to the east. This massive development will dwarf the remaining buildings on this block.
This proposed project threatens the unique character of Gansevoort Street, its historic streetscape, low buildings and market-style architecture. These are the very values that were embodied in the Landmark Preservation Commission’s 2003 decision to landmark the GANSEVOORT MARKET HISTORIC DISTRICT also known as the Meatpacking District.
Any alterations or new construction on these sites must be approved by the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission. Please join with us to make sure that LPC rejects this proposal.
In addition, these sites are governed by a restrictive declaration (RD-94) that prohibits office use on this site. The developer will be applying to amend this declaration to allow office use. The community is asking that any attempt to amend the restrictive declaration be rejected. If the developers cannot get office usage they may re-think their plan.
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(Update: On April 11, 2018, the Court of Appeals denied our motion to appeal. More information is here.)
(Update: On February 13, 2018, the appellate court ruled against our appeal. The appellate court’s written decision was very disappointing, and failed to address the many specific points which we raised arguing that LPC’s approval of the project violated Landmarks law. We have filed a motion requesting that New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, hear our case, and the court has granted an interim stay on construction while they consider whether or not to accept our appeal. So, for the moment, exterior alteration or demolition at 60-68 and 70-74 Gansevoort continues to be halted. More information is here.)
(Update: On August 15, 2017, the appellate court unanimously granted our motion for a “stay pending appeal” which prohibits the developer from doing any exterior work on 60-68 Gansevoort and 70-74 until the court can rule on our appeal. In order to grant us the stay, the appellate court had to find that there was a substantial likelihood that we would obtain a reversal of the lower court decision which approved the massive Gansevoort development project. The appellate court rejects the vast majority of request for stays that it receives, so the fact that the court granted our request is very significant. More information is here.
(Update: On March 27th, 2017, the lower court ruled against our lawsuit. We have filed an appeal, and on April 4th the Appellate Court granted us an emergency stay preventing any exterior construction or demolition work at 60-68 Gansevoort Street and 70-74 Gansevoort Street. More information is here.)
(Update: On February 9, 2017, Save Gansevoort won an important legal victory. A judge has granted us a preliminary injunction to prevent any work on the exteriors of 60-68 and 70-74 Gansevoort Street until the court reaches a decision on our case. More information is here.)
(Update: On October 7, 2016, Save Gansevoort filed suit to stop the massive Gansevoort development. Go here for more information. Our petition to the New York State Supreme Court to overturn the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s decision approving this development can be read here.)
(Update : On May 27, 2016, the developer announced a revised plan. The proposed new buildings at 60-68 and 74 Gansevoort Street are still way too large, and the project continues to threaten the historic character of Gansevoort Street. Go here for more information.)
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