Life is short. Tuesday night's Community Board 7 (CB7) full board meeting was not (we're still recovering!). So, long story short, the full board voted to disapprove all 7 zoning variances sought by Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI) to build its proposed, 9-story, 105'-tall community house stacked with luxury condos on the brownstone midblock of West 70th Street.
The vote improved on the CB7 Land Use Committee's November 19 resolution, which disapproved 4 of the 7 variances, sending a strong signal to the Board of Standards and Appeals (which will hold its next public hearing on this application in February 2008) that CSI has yet to meet the burden of proof that could justify violating the low-rise, contextual R8-B zoning protecting this and other side-street midblocks on the Upper West Side.
Thanks to everyone who has participated in the public process up to this point. Your time, your energy and your vigilance continues to make a BIG difference for our community.
Gather your strength over the holidays. We'll need it in 2008!
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