Bill to Halt Lower East Side Supertall Towers Passes City Council

Posted on: November 2nd, 2017 at 5:12 am by

It’s the eleventh hour, and incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin is pulling out all the stops. Her bill to curtail Two Bridges supertalls by JDS, CIM & L+M, and the Starrett Group gained a significant step this week, mere days from the highly-anticipated general election.

Enter, once again, “Intro 1685.”

Earlier this week at the Land Use hearing, City Council unanimously passed the legislation co-introduced two months ago, which aims to assist residents’ efforts to combat over-development in their neighborhoods, without having to jump through proverbial bureaucratic hoops. Her opponents, meanwhile, allege that Chin is a puppet of big real estate, and that this bill is a final play to keep her job.

More specifically, “Intro 1685” calls the Department of City Planning to consider certain land-use applications, including a planned “Text Amendment,” that would subject three out-of-context luxury towers in Two Bridges to a full public review process (with a city council vote), in a more timely manner. And, going forward, would involve the public in the process from the get-go.

The bill now awaits Mayor de Blasio’s signature into law.

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