Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Battle of Sunset Park Escalates

420 42nd St diagram 020507

The fight over the proposed 12-story building on 42nd Street in Sunset Park, which has drawn the attention of Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Heights and other neighborhood groups, is escalating. The architects self-certified the building, but the Department of Buildings apparently discovered that they'd, uh, practiced some grade inflation (specifically they found 37 violations in the self-certified plan) and issued a Stop Work Order. Among the problems were a failure to submit "a full and accurate set of architectural plans," a failure to properly calculate the floor area ratio (FAR) of the building and a lack of a rear yard. According to the Greenwood Heights Group:
The architect and his partners have made it clear to the community that they will build as large as possible with no care given to their neighbors’ quality of life, which will be affected by their 12-story building.

The community of Sunset Park and its neighbors in Greenwood Heights and South Park Slope DEMAND that the development of 420 42nd Street be done in a legal, safe and contextual manner. ILLEGAL PLANS have been submitted to build a 12-story building that is not only NOT CONTEXTUAL IN A TWO- AND THREE-STORY ROWHOUSE NEIGHBORHOOD, but it will block the scenic views from Sunset Park, one of the highest points in Brooklyn, and plunge neighboring buildings into shadow!
The rendering above and the photo of the plans are from CCGH.

Related Post:
First Shots Fired in Sunset Park's Battle of 42nd Street


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm all for making sure that this developer does things right and I'm not too stoked that a 120 ft building will be built here.

However, I urge you not to engage in hyperbole when demonstrating the context of this building. I'm no expert here but when I look at this rendering I see something that's off. Of main concern is the fact that you have the base of the building at the same level as the second story of the buildings that are at the top of the hill. This is obviously not how things would be.

Also, from some quick research (NY Times, others) St. Michael's Church is referenced as being 200 ft tall. So this building would come slightly more than half way up the church, and would not be taller than it as this rendering depicts.

Once again, I'm all for making sure people do things right but these gross exaggerations only diminish the credibility of those opposed to developments of this sort.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have no idea if the scale of the photo is accurate but a 120ft bldg that is closer to the viewer could very well block out a 200ft bldg due to perspective.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon 1:03pm

The first floor of the building is 30' high, little over the height of the adjacent 2 story buildings.

The renderings are approx. But from Sunset Park, this 120+' high bad-boy will block the view due to the pitch of the hill...

3:07 PM  

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