On October 7th, 2016, Save Gansevoort filed suit against the Landmarks Preservation Commission to overturn its decision allowing a massive, out-of–character development in the Gansevoort Market Historic District.
On February 9th, 2017, Save Gansevoort won an important legal victory. A judge granted us a preliminary injunction that prevents the developer from doing any work on the exteriors of 60-68 and 70-74 Gansevoort Street until the court reaches a decision on our case. Preliminary injunctions are very difficult to obtain and are rarely granted. We are extremely gratified by the court’s decision.
The principal hearing on our lawsuit took place on March 8th. The courtroom was packed with community residents opposed to the Gansevoort project. At the hearing, 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.
An amended version of the arguments we have submitted to the New York State Supreme Court can be read here.
A supporting affidavit from Jay Shockley, the author of the Gansevoort Market Historic District designation report, can be read here.
A supporting affidavit from Dr. Helen Tangires, a leading expert in American public markets, can be read here.
A supporting affidavit from Andrew Dolkart, one of New York City’s most respected historic preservation experts, can be read here.