Upper West Side church transformation proposals scrapped

  • 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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The former First Church of Christ, Scientist in New York City 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.