Brooklyn's most famous Finger Fight in the Burg is not the only one. Today, the developers of the Finger of Clinton Hill, also known as 163 Washington go before the obscure, yet powerful, Board of Standards and Appeals to try for a third time to get the thumbs up to build to 16 stories. The issue is whether enough of the building was finished before the neighborhood was downzoned last year and a seven-story height limit was imposed. (The initial call was that they missed the deadline.) A group that calls itself Building Too Tall is fighting against the tower, saying that there's no way the building should go ahead. An email blast they sent out yesterday called today's hearing "a fixed fight against GLC Developers Group who are trying to build a 16-story tower in pre-Civil War Clinton Hill..." This is the third BSA hearing on the building. The issue comes down to how much concrete was poured and when and whether the developer broke the rules while playing Beat the Downzone.
· BSA Considers 163 Washington Plans for 3rd Time [Brownstoner]
· Fight Over Tall Washington Street Building Enters Third Round [Gowanus Lounge]
· BSA Postpones 163 Washington Decision Until January [Brownstoner]