Sperone Westwater Sues to Prevent Ian Schrager’s 25-Story Hotel on Chrystie

Posted on: January 22nd, 2013 at 10:12 am by

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Definitely ironic how one Bowery newcomer, itself a harbinger of unwanted change along the thoroughfare, is vehemently opposed to another tower in the works one block eastward. The Sperone Westwater Gallery has been against the proposed 25-story mixed use project at 215 Chrystie Street since plans were first revealed last year. Now the showroom, located at 259 Bowery, is suing to block Ian Schrager’s project from happening. The starchitect and a group of investors together purchased the property last month for $50 million.

Transplanted from Chelsea to the Lower East Side three years ago, Sperone Westwater is taking legal action to force an environmental review of the mega development, which will be double the height of any building in the area.

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The Real Deal has the scoop:

In a complaint filed Jan. 10 in New York State Supreme Court, the gallery argued that the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals should have ordered an environmental review before approving the plan.

The 146-unit mixed-use tower at 10 Stanton Street, between the Bowery and Chrystie Street, would be 289 feet high and have 195,000 square feet of space, and lawyers claim it would cast shadows across the adjacent Sarah Delano Roosevelt Park and the nearby Liz Christy Community Garden.

Court hearing is scheduled for February 8.

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  • LOVELYLES

    The tenants from 10 stanton street got robbed of this land,just because some
    one got paid under the table,so sad to see people who didn’t know where to get
    any legal guidance or help get railroad into this. All courtesy of the man in
    the middle “HARVEY EPSTEIN” from CB3, good job you “SELL OUT” and these are the
    type of people we got representing and protecting our community….

  • LESider

    Let them both fight it out in a mud pit. Who needs all these new hotels anyway? The LES will soon be saturated with these glass and steel monstrosities. The LES will shortly become a dumping grounds for increasing numbers of visitors – from the hotels, the galleries, the late night bar-scene, and the increase in interstate buses. Will there be a real neighborhood left for those of us who live here? Questionable….