The press release just hit our inbox. A new initiative called the Business Process Reform (BluePRint) “simplifies and streamlines the City’s pre-certification process, creating predictability for applicants and allowing projects to enter ULURP, the City’s official public land use review process, more expeditiously.” Full press release on the jump…
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It shouldn’t come as a surprise based on earlier comments, but the Board of Standards and Appeals’ final ruling against the developers of 580 Carroll Street is still noteworthy because, well, it’s a ruling against a developer from a group that historically has bent over back to accommodate developers. This case, which we’ve followed ad nauseam as the links below indicated, involved the developer’s request to build three townhouses in the front yard of a five-story Enrique Norten-designed glass building in Park Slope. The request was based on a claim of hardship deriving from the discovery of underground concrete bunkers whose removal added unforeseen expense to the project. The BSA wasn’t buying it: “The applicant’s inability to realize a reasonable return is due to mismanagement rather than actual costs…any hardship claimed by the applicant is self-created.” Ouch.
BSA Shoots Down Controversial Slope Addition [NY Post]
No Means No for Garfield Sparta [Curbed]
City Rejects Norten’s Park Slope Project [Brooklyn Paper]
580 Carroll-BSA Journey To End Next Month [Brownstoner]
580 Carroll-BSA Saga Drags On! [Brownstoner]
BSA Smacks Down 580 Carroll Hardship Claim…For Now [Brownstoner]
580 Carroll Developers Cite Chambers of Horror [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: 580 Carroll Gets Its Glass On [Brownstoner]
BSA Postpones Decision on Carroll St Norten Again [Brownstoner]
580 Carroll Decision Postponed [Brownstoner]
Slope Rallies Against 580 Carroll, Rags on the BSA [Brownstoner]
Battle Over Carroll St. Norten Build Heats Up This Week [Brownstoner]
CB6 Doesn’t Buy Carroll Street Hardship Claim [Brownstoner]
580 Carroll Developer Trying to Supersize Norten Project [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: 580 Carroll Street [Brownstoner] GMAP
Enrique Norten-Designed Project in Park Slope Revealed [Brownstoner]
Four Developments Coming to One Stretch of Carroll [Brownstoner]
Photo by Denton Taylor

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Yesterday the Board of Standards and Appeals held yet another hearing on whether the Enrique Norten-designed 580 Carroll Street should get a variance. According to someone who attended the meeting—and, incidentally, very much opposes the developer’s request—it didn’t seem like the BSA was buying the developer’s story: “The BSA ended the hearing process today for 580 Carroll St. and will announce their decision on March 9th. Judging from their remarks and manner it was obvious that they found nothing of merit and substance in the developers’ presentations over the three hearings. They were in fact quite critical of the inadequate and off-putting way [the developers] attempted to made their case. An aide to Velmanette Montgomery, Jim Vogel, spoke against the application for variances as did Craig Hammerman, CB6′s general manager, as well as Michael Curtin, Brad Lander’s aide. It certainly looks bleak for Black House Development.” So there you have it: In a few weeks, the 580 Carroll-BSA saga will hopefully be put to rest.
580 Carroll-BSA Saga Drags On! [Brownstoner]
BSA Smacks Down 580 Carroll Hardship Claim…For Now [Brownstoner]
580 Carroll Developers Cite Chambers of Horror [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: 580 Carroll Gets Its Glass On [Brownstoner]
BSA Postpones Decision on Carroll St Norten Again [Brownstoner]
580 Carroll Decision Postponed [Brownstoner]
Slope Rallies Against 580 Carroll, Rags on the BSA [Brownstoner]
Battle Over Carroll St. Norten Build Heats Up This Week [Brownstoner]
CB6 Doesn’t Buy Carroll Street Hardship Claim [Brownstoner]
580 Carroll Developer Trying to Supersize Norten Project [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: 580 Carroll Street [Brownstoner] GMAP
Enrique Norten-Designed Project in Park Slope Revealed [Brownstoner]
Four Developments Coming to One Stretch of Carroll [Brownstoner]

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We thought we’d heard the end of the developers of the Enrique Norten-designed 580 Carroll Street putting on the poor mouth for the Board of Standards and Appeals, but we thought wrong! Turns out the builders are still looking for a variance to build two or three more townhouses on the property (where exactly they want to do this is a mystery given that most of the area in front of what’s already built looks like it’s being prepped for the project’s signature gardens, but whatever) and a reader has helpfully sent in the latest appeal to the BSA in advance of a hearing next week. The whole thing, reprinted on the jump, is a fun read, but this is the gist of what the developers are angling for: “1. Reclaiming 1,075 sq feet of interior storage space within the building as usable FAR and three 3 storey town homes. 2. Reclaiming 1,075 sq feet of interior storage space within the building as usable FAR and three 2 storey town homes. 3. Reclaiming 1,075 sq feet of interior storage space within the building as usable FAR and two 3 storey town homes. All these options assume that the Development Group does a conforming development with surface parking as requested by the BSA and face a hardship of 20% or less in reduction in value. We ask that the BSA look at the options and any combination thereof and grant such relief as they deem fair and warranted.” We await the BSA’s decision with bated breath. In the meantime, as the pic above shows, furniture is already being put into model units at the development.
BSA Smacks Down 580 Carroll Hardship Claim…For Now [Brownstoner]
580 Carroll Developers Cite Chambers of Horror [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: 580 Carroll Gets Its Glass On [Brownstoner]
BSA Postpones Decision on Carroll St Norten Again [Brownstoner]
580 Carroll Decision Postponed [Brownstoner]
Slope Rallies Against 580 Carroll, Rags on the BSA [Brownstoner]
Battle Over Carroll St. Norten Build Heats Up This Week [Brownstoner]
CB6 Doesn’t Buy Carroll Street Hardship Claim [Brownstoner]
580 Carroll Developer Trying to Supersize Norten Project [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: 580 Carroll Street [Brownstoner] GMAP
Enrique Norten-Designed Project in Park Slope Revealed [Brownstoner]
Four Developments Coming to One Stretch of Carroll [Brownstoner] (more…)

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A Facebook group called “NYC Board of Standards and Appeals approves too many variances” was launched this week to protest the BSA’s notoriously developer-friendly ways. As of yesterday, the group had more than 30 members. It was started by a woman who is evidently less than pleased about a BSA ruling in her neighborhood: “This scenario is played out in all our boroughs. Community input disregarded. Input which is required by the protocol of the board. A variance was recently granted in my neighborhood to allow a 5 foot frontage on a new construction. Zoning regualtions require 15 feet and most homes on the block have 35 feet or more. Residents, the community board,the local councilman opposed the variance with little effect. It was granted.”
NYC Board of Standards and Appeals approves too many variances [Facebook]