Two Bridges Developers Vow to Appeal Judgement Halting New Towers

Posted on: February 26th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Environmental scoping session, January 2017

Hours after the State Supreme Court ruled in favor of halting three towers in Two Bridges, the developers collectively announced their plans to appeal. Timeline given is “the near future.”

The ruling came down from Judge Arthur Engoron Monday evening, favoring the plaintiffs, the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors, in their lawsuit. He found that the wall of glassy skyscrapers – collectively in the works since 2016 – is in direct contradiction to the underlying Two Bridges Large Scale Residential Development zoning.

“We of course disagree with the court’s ruling, as these projects were lawfully approved, met all legal requirements, and are in compliance with zoning that’s been in place for more than 30 years,” a spokesperson for the developers told us in a statement yesterday. “Together, they will deliver one of the largest single infusions of new affordable housing to Manhattan in decades, at a time when the creation of all types of housing is critical to slowing rent growth citywide.”

The future coastline, Photo: SHoP Architects

Also in defense, the developers fell back on the proposed community enhancements. Such as revamping the East Broadway subway station with a new entrance at Rutgers and Madison Streets and ADA-accessibility; (which is a first); upgrades to local Coleman, Captain Jacob Joseph, and Little Flower Playgrounds worth $15 million; various streetscape improvements; and flood resiliency measures.

Regardless, they plan to appeal the court’s ruling in “the near future.”

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