Reps for the developers of 432-438 E. 14th St. will appear before the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) tomorrow to seek a variance on their mixed-use building between Avenue A and First Avenue.
As we reported on March 16, the developers — Benenson Capital Partners in association with the Mack Real Estate Group — have cut back their original zoning variance request by two-thirds.
Their new proposal is seeking nine stories on the East 14th Street side of the building, one higher than the eight allowed under the current zoning. Aside from ground-floor retail, the building at nine stories would contain 130 apartments, 26 of them tagged as affordable.
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), one of the groups opposed to the variance request, broke it down further:
The developer is now requesting a 14.5 ft. increase in the allowable height of the building (restricted by zoning to a maximum height of 80 ft.), to allow the building to rise up to 94.5 feet. This is down from the 44 ft. increase requested in January, which would have allowed the building to rise up to 124 feet.
The developer is also now requesting a 10,000 sq. ft. increase in the allowable size of the development (restricted by zoning to a maximum of size of 103,800 sq. ft.), to allow the building to contain 113,929 sq. ft. This is down from a 27,550 sq. ft. increase in allowable size of the development requested in January, which would have allowed the building to contain 131,350 sq. ft.
As previously noted, the developers say the property "is burdened by a combination of unique conditions that result in practical difficulties in complying with the applicable zoning regulations."
[Photo from 13th Street Saturday by Bobby Williams]
The BSA's Public Hearing Sessions are at 22 Reade St., Spector Hall. The hearing starts at 10 a.m. This item is No. 18 on the agenda.
The GVSHP is hosting a rally at 9:30 a.m. before the hearing tomorrow...
Per GVSHP officials: "While significantly reduced, the developer is still asking to build larger than normally allowable, based upon what we believe are false and inaccurate claims about the project."
This was the former site of the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office, which closed in February 2014.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office slated to be demolished
The former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office will yield to an 8-story residential building
New residential building at former 14th Street PO will feature a quiet lounge, private dining room
A look at the new building coming to the former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office property