Bill to Halt Lower East Side Supertall Towers Passes City Council
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.