...the synagogue’s development is especially worrisome because of the precedent it could set in a city where every nook and cranny is becoming fair game for development.
Neighbors to Synagogue: Enough With the High-Rise
Zoning isn’t the only issue with the project that irks the neighborhood.
The timing of the application’s submission to the community board seemed suspicious to a number of people. One neighbor at the July 11 meeting, where the application was presented, said the general feeling was the synagogue did it then so that the board wouldn’t have time to review it before it went to the Board of Standards and Appeals.
According to Landmark West executive director Kate Wood, the Landmarks Commission told Shearith Israel that because there was no preservation purpose to their project, it did not merit special permits for construction.
“Now, as an alternative, they are taking the design to the Board of Standards and Appeals in hopes of getting variances to begin construction,” Ms. Wood said recently. “The thing is that they could easily build a building within current zoning restrictions, but the residential component is a moneymaker.”
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