The Proposed Blood Center Tower Will Challenge All Low-scale Residential Mid-blocks in the City
The hearing will help shape Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s recommendation to the City Planning Commission. This is the second stage of the ULURP process needed to get approval for the project. The first stage was a review by Community Board 8, which resoundingly rejected the proposal in May.
The issue is important to residents of Carnegie Hill because it is the first major challenge of the low-scale mid-block zoning adopted by the city in the mid-1980s. It was adopted to protect the mid-blocks from over-development by imposing a height limit of 75 feet. If the Blood Center’s plans (in partnership with a for-profit developer) for a 334-foot tower are allowed, this will set a precedent that will endanger all mid-blocks, including those in Carnegie Hill.
The Manhattan Borough President will make a recommendation to the City Planning Commission, due by July 27. That recommendation will count heavily.
The project and alternative proposals are presented in a report by the urban planner, George M. Janes, here.
If you cannot attend the meeting of June 12 or wish to add your voice you can do so by a simple email to firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to include your name and address. Your message can be simply: “I urge you to oppose the Blood Center’s proposed tower because of the harm it will do to the mid-block and the precedent it will set for all the city’s residential mid-blocks.”