Zoning

CB3 Votes to Co-Sponsor Controversial Rezoning of LES Waterfront in Bid to Thwart Supertall Development

Posted October 19, 2017 at 5:01 am

Thanks to a confluence of election year politics and incessant grassroots organizing, development along the Lower East Side waterfront is firmly in the spotlight. It’s a rare moment when the voice of the people is being heard, albeit barely. There is definitely traction, but a race against the clock is afoot. Nevertheless, Community Board 3 […]

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Spring Street Developer Attempts Override of Special Little Italy District Zoning with Courtyard Addition

Posted May 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

One developer in the heart of Little Italy remains committed to overriding the special zoning district for commercial gain. Concerned neighbors are likewise rallied in opposition. Developer Joseph Brunner purchased 55-57 Spring Street in July 2015 for $15.5 million (from Marolda Properties, sued by the state for tenant harassment). Residents and retail were affected much the […]

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Mahfar Alleges CB3 Conflict of Interest over Zoning Change Denial 

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 6:56 pm

If Samy Mahfar had his way, nightlife would be permitted in the ground level of his thirteen-story mixed-use tower slated for 255 East Houston, which is currently zoned for a community facility. Three months ago, the City Council declined the five-years-in-the-making proposal to rezone the two-and-a-half block stretch of East Houston with a commercial overlay […]

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Mahfar Just Finished Leveling 255 East Houston for New 13-Story Luxury Building

Posted October 5, 2016 at 5:10 am

SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar) is well on the way to erecting its twelve-story phallus on the border of Alphabet City. Yep, 255 East Houston is officially a goner. The derelict building with its faded facade, and prior service to the community, was reduced to dust within the last several weeks. Now its just another […]

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Samy Mahfar Bails on Controversial East Houston Rezoning Proposal

Posted September 8, 2016 at 5:04 am

Samy Mahfar now tastes defeat at the hands of City Council. The much-maligned landlord had sought a zoning change that would benefit his in-progress development at 255 East Houston Street. But before the scheduled City Council vote on Tuesday by the zoning and franchises subcommittee, Mahfar tendered a letter of withdrawal to City Planning Director […]

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City Council Mulling Mahfar’s Controversial East Houston Rezoning Bid After City Planning Approval

Last modified August 30, 2017 at 8:19 am

Samy Mahfar will stop at nothing until his dream of rezoning part of East Houston Street is realized. It’s a selfish play to ensure bars or restaurants are permitted in his forthcoming luxury development at 255 East Houston (aka 171 Suffolk). Nothing new, really. Mahfar’s associates twice pitched Community Board 3 to install a commercial […]

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City Council Approves Controversial Citywide Rezoning Overhaul

Posted March 23, 2016 at 10:11 am

City Council yesterday approved the widest reaching zoning changes to the Five Boroughs in decades. The legislative body passed the two controversial anchor-weights of Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing initiative (“Housing New York”) – Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH). His goal is to create 200,000 units of affordable housing […]

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CB3 Chastises Samy Mahfar as Bad Actor in Zoning Change Denial for East Houston Development

Posted March 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

Representatives from team Samy Mahfar appeared before the Land-use subcommittee last night to obtain approval for a commercial overlay along a two-and-a-half block stretch of East Houston Street. It was the second time since 2011 that the notorious landowner sought blessings from the advisory body, which would allow ground-level retail use in this residentially zoned area. […]

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Opponents of the Mayor’s Controversial Citywide Rezoning Plan Rally at Gracie Mansion Later Today

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:47 pm

Capitalizing on the surge of momentum from the recent town hall against community displacement, the Coaltion to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side is taking the fight to Mayor de Blasio’s front porch. A rally at Gracie Mansion is organized for this evening (4pm-6pm) to “protest Mayor de Blasio’s developer-led zoning plans on the […]

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Town Hall Success: Chinatown and LES Energized Against Displacement, de Blasio Doesn’t Care

Posted December 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

The Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side achieved success with their weekend town hall on Saturday afternoon. It was an event planned to discuss neighborhood displacement and demand that City Hall endorse the Chinatown Working Group Rezoning Plan. Organizers invited Mayor de Blasio “to attend, calling on him to end Silver’s corrupt legacy of protecting […]

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