Statement from Assembly Member Richard Gottfried on the NYC Dept. of Building’s Revocation of Permits for ‘Supertall’ Development on W. 66th Street

January 17, 2019

New York – Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried issues the following statement today in response to the New York City Department of Building’s decision to revoke permits for the Extell development on West 66th Street:

“I applaud the Department of Buildings’ (DOB) revocation of the permits for the luxury high-rise tower proposed on West 66th Street by the Extell Corporation.

“The revocation, which came in response to the challenge filed by Landmark West and the 10 W. 66th Street Association that I supported along with other elected officials representing this community, rejects the developer’s attempt to create a 160-foot “mechanical void” in the building. DOB has now rightly recognized that such an oversized mechanical space does not constitute an “accessory use” for a building, but is instead merely a ploy to circumvent City laws restricting building height and density.

“This ruling by DOB marks a victory not just for the Upper West Side and the Central Park West Historic District, but for New Yorkers all across the city who confront single-minded developers who are transforming our neighborhoods while seeking to evade City laws and regulations in order to wring maximum profit out of their buildings. “