The upper Upper West Side thought it was done with luxury high-rise problems when, in a bout of anti-Ariel fury, the community board and the City Council downzoned 51 blocks of the sprawling Manhattan neighborhood, notes Curbed.com.
But the community board left out one site: The Jewish Home Lifecare campus at 120 W. 106th St.
Alas, the retirement campus plans to swap properties with developer Joseph Chetrit. The result:
Jewish Home can build a new 22-story building on what is now a parking lot near the new Whole Foods and the developing Columbus Square in Chetrit’s Park West Village on 100th Street, where the new zoning called for open space. In return, Chetrit can build luxury housing on the current retirement home site.
According to Curbed, Upper West Siders are charging conspiracy and drafting legislation to take back the Jewish Home’s zoning exemption. But Ethan Geto, the Jewish Home spokesperson, is sure everyone will be fine once the shock wears off.
“It’s not a betrayal,” he says. “The only thing it is, it’s unexpected.”
By whom, pray tell?
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