Judge Orders Condo Developers To Remove Several Floors From UWS Building

Kimberly Dole
February 17, 2020 - 12:27 pm



NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- A judge has ordered the developers of a condo tower under construction in New York City to remove several floors from the top of a building on the Upper West Side because it is too tall.

The New York Times reports the state Supreme Court ruling last week instructs the Department of Buildings to revoke the building permit for the nearly completed tower and remove floors that exceed the zoning limit.

According to the report, a judge ordered that the city revoke the building permit for 200 Amsterdam Avenue after development of a nearly completed 668-foot condo tower.

They may be forced to remove as many as 20 or more floors number from the 52-story tower but the exact number is not yet known.

"It's a residential area, it's our home and we don't want to live in shatters," said activist Olive Freud, who started the fight against this building three years ago, claiming it exploited loopholes and zoning laws to add height. "We had to bring land use people and we had to bring in lawyers to find out how this all happened."

"I think this is the beginning. I think New Yorkers have said enough of this," she added.

An attorney for the developer, Scott Mollen, says they are appealing.

"The developer fully complied with the law," Mollen said.

He tells WCBS 880's Steve Burns that the decision effectively invalidates the certificates of occupancy for around two other dozen buildings across the city.