Two Bridges Developers Plan to Appeal Court Ruling on LES Mega-Towers
Well, this was certainly inevitable. No sooner did the Supreme Court force the land review process on three controversial Lower East Side towers than the developers announced intentions to appeal.
Last Thursday afternoon, State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron ruled in favor of New York City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in their lawsuit against the city – one of many – which contends that the trio of proposed mega-developments in the Two Bridges neighborhood must go through the public review process (ULURP).
At the heart of the action is the de Blasio administration’s 2016 classification of the residential spires along the Two Bridges waterfront – all taller than eighty stories – as a “minor modification” to the existing large scale residential development, and therefore not subject to ULURP.
So, it’s back to the proverbial drawing board; there will be major changes to the plans, and with community input along the way.
James Yolles, a spokesperson for the three developers, said his clients plan to appeal the ruling.
“These projects were lawfully approved and met all legal requirements. They were proposed after years of community consultation, public review and environmental analysis, and in compliance with zoning that’s been in place for more than 30 years,” he said in a statement to The City.