From the Villager:
The Meat Market property owners planning a 12-story glass office tower on a site partially beneath the High Line went to the Board of Standards and Appeals on April 28 for approval of a project larger than currently permitted at the location.
But in a letter to the B.S.A., City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden asked the appeals agency to deny variances to existing zoning sought by the owner of 437 W. 13th St. in the Meatpacking District.
The B.S.A. has rarely disregarded direct requests from the City Planning Commission.
Preservation advocates at the April 28 B.S.A. meeting also testified against the variances, saying the size of the proposed project is far out of scale with the surrounding area, and noting that that the project calls for demolition of an existing Art Deco meatpacking building listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.
High Line character: important. Everywhere else: let 'em eat crap.