Friday, April 23, 2010

CB5 Zoning review resolution

Here is the full CB% resolution denying the request to allow the rezoning.  As we know CB5 like most of the groups int he ULURP are only advisory and do not have the final say.  That is left to the NYC Council.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Responce from Mary Beth Betts (LPC)

Mary Beth Betts replied to my request for evaluation of the Cafè Rouge. Here's what she wrote:

April 19, 2010

Re: Café Rouge, Manhattan

Dear Mr. Lepore,

Thank you for submitting a request for evaluation. Staff will review the material and keep you informed of the process. We appreciate your interest in historic preservation and in the work of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.


Mary Beth Betts

Friday, April 16, 2010

Hotel Penn Forever? Community Board Scoffs at Giant Vornado Tower

Thursday, April 15, 2010

CB5 says NO to re-zoning!

Cb5 final vote to deny Vornado the rezoning, main reason was the greed, of Vornado, they are trying to "sell" the package as the next wave of the transportation hub, however the people are no fools, the supposed upgrade of the MTA is nothing more than smoke and mirrors, turns out Vornado has to upgrade the entrances to the subways anyway with or with out the rezoning, and they were attempting to get a huge re-zoning variance with a 20% bump in the area that they are re-zoning on top of it.  To quote a CB5 member "what they are asking for is way more then what they are offering".  One huge IMO issue that killed it was the fact that they have no tenants slotted for this disaster they call a project, that would even give a reason to ask for all this space.

The vote was 21-0-0-1.

Additional information on the meeting last night.  Below is a list of the companies that were in favor of the proposed plan.

Tri state transportation trust
NYC transit council
34 st partnership
The Penn group
Stonehenge partners
Madison Square Garden Corp
Building trade unions association
Utility union
Real estate board of NY
Newman real estate institute
Chief planner of NJ Transit
Columbia university real estate
Durst Residential

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Land Use & Zoning

Land Use & Zoning

Kevin Finnegan, Chair
Matthew Schneid, Vice Chair

Friday, April 2, 2010

Reminder for RE-ZONING Review!

The rezoning review board of CB5 for the Hotel Penn, was rescheduled to the April meeting. There is still time to get your speeches together and tell them what you think.

The meeting of the Land Use & Zoning is scheduled for:

April 7, 2010
at 6:00 pm


Flatiron BID
27 West 24th
Suite 800

Following that there will be a Full Board meeting to approve or disapprove:

April 15, 2010
at 6:00 pm


First Alliance Church
127 West 26th St.
buzzer #3003