A big crowd turned out on Wednesday for the BSA hearing on the fate of the six developments in Greenwood Heights and the South Slope seeking to get a variance–some claiming hardship, some claiming substantial completion of their foundation–from having to conform to the new downzoning laws that went into effect last year. Lots of pols (or their reps, anyway) showed their faces as did members of numerous local and citywide groups such as Historic Districts Council and the Municipal Arts Society. The bottom line: All the developers and their lawyers were sent away and told to return in a month for more hearings. We’re having a hard time cutting through all the agendas involved to determine what the likelihood of these developers getting a free pass is. Anyone experienced with how the BSA works? We were under the impression that more often than not they approve requests.
Photo by Travis Ruse
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