The former First Church of Christ, Scientist, in New York City's Upper West Side is no longer slated for residential development after a year-long battle between the building's owner and the Community Board 7’s Landmarks Committee. In March of 2015, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the conversion of the former church into 39 condominiums. After plans were sent off the community board, CB7’s Land Use Committee approved change of use and zoning proposals set forth by the owner. However, the full community board flagged the project. The property owner, 361 Central Park west LLC, also went before NYC Board of Standards and Appeals (SBA), which permits zoning variances for hardship, to state five degrees of hardship for the site -- citing the physical conditions twice, including the narrowness of the lot; and third, that no exterior alterations that would modify the existing character of the building. The owner also stated that no hardships were requested due to t...
- Community Board 7’s Landmarks Committee approved change of use and zoning proposals set forth by the owner, but the full community board flagged the project.
- The property owner, 361 Central Park west LLC, also went before NYC Board of Standards and Appeals to state five degrees of hardship for the site.
- Landmark West pointed out various inadequacies in the owner's argument of hardship. Letters from architects vouching for the upholding of the current landmark structure were included.
- Attorney Michael Hiller, who represents the Central Park West Neighbors Association, said a better use of land would be dedicated toward a private school or museum.
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