Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Never-ending battle over additional floors at 515 E. Fifth St. promises to keep being never-ending

The saga of developer Ben Shaoul's additions to 515 E. Fifth St. continues. This was on the docket for this month's CB3 Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee meeting, but Shaoul's reps reportedly rescheduled it at the last minute for another month.

A quick recap to a really long story: The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) had previously ruled that Shaoul needs to remove the 6th and 7th floors. However, his attorneys had requested that the city grant a zoning variance to "permit the constructed enlargement, minus the penthouse, to remain."

Now the Tenants Association of 515 East 5th Street, who has been fighting all this for years, passes along word of yet another delay to any resolution in the near future. Shaoul's attorneys have apparently filed an Article 78 petition to get the New York State Supreme Court to compel the BSA and DOB to reverse their decisions in the vesting case.

We'll report back to you when this is all resolved in 2023.

(You can read more about the history here at the Post, Curbed, DNAinfo and The Villager.)

Previously on EV Grieve:
Never-ending battle wages on over additional floors at 515 E. Fifth St.

CB3 hearing on illegal rooftop additions at 515 E. 5th St. re-scheduled for another month


Anonymous said...

I said it last time and I'll say it again - Ben Shaoul broke the law and refuses to obey the DoB. Put him in jail and those illegal floors will be off the building in 2-3 weeks.

Once again, the city proves that if you are rich enough you can ignore the law with impunity

Sinestra said...

So tired of this slimeball- he flagrantly and intentionally broke the law, disregarded the city's laws and they give him the soft touch? F- that. Throw the book at him and teach this human waste a lesson