Here’s a brief report on the March 8th court hearing on our lawsuit to overturn the Landmark Preservation Commission’s approval of the massive Gansevoort development.
First, a big thank you to everyone who attended the hearing! There was a GREAT turnout of community residents. The court was completely packed, there wasn’t a free seat in the room.
The good news: the judge dismissed the developer’s arguments about our standing to bring the lawsuit; that issue is now off the table, which is excellent.
Our lawyer, Michael Hiller, did a fine job of presenting our case, and then the lawyers for the city and the developer responded. The judge seemed sympathetic to our arguments. However, she also emphasized the limitations on the court’s ability to intervene in agency decisions, and indicated that she will take a narrow view of the court’s authority in these matters.
We expect that the judge will announce her decision within approximately 2 months, although it could be sooner.
More information about our lawsuit can be found here.