NYS Supreme Court ruled, yesterday, that the Board of Standards and Appeals must re-visit their decision on the gerrymandered lot. According to the Municipal Arts Society (who filed the Article 78, along with the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development): “The Court also rejected the argument of the developer, Amsterdam Avenue Redevelopment Associates LLC, that simply because DOB had issued the permit in the first place, it was therefore entitled to complete the building. ‘Vested rights,’ the Court wrote, ‘cannot be acquired by relying on an invalid permit.’ ”
Seems likely that the developer will appeal but this is good news for now. And who knows what’s around the corner.
Update: On Tuesday, April 2, the Temporary Restraining Order sought by the Committee For Environmentally Sound Development and the Municipal Art Society of New York was denied, Back in court at the end of April. More to follow.