When the Far West Village won a downzoning decision, the Superior Ink Factory on West Street?long targeted by the Related Company and architect Charles Gwathmey for a Sculpture for Living-like tower?was left out of the deal. Today word comes from the Metro that the city's Board of Standard and Appeals has given the developer the go-ahead to tear down the factory and build a 190-foot-tall residential tower. Sounds biggish, but the new design is some 80 feet shorter than the original plans (see the new sketches here), and the building will use more brick and far less glass than the SfL. Said Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation director Andrew Berman: "We are continuing to fight to landmark the Superior Ink Factory. We haven't stopped that; we’re actually amping that up in the 11th hour." LPC doesn't have it on the docket, though.
· Board OKs Village Condo Plan [Metro]
· Gwathmey Gets Served on Superior Ink Plans [Curbed]