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High Line Drama: HL23 Developer Sues Over Alleged Shakedown

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To all those who wondered how the highly anticipated HL23?developer Alf Naman's collabo with architect Neil Denari on 14 stories of luxurious glassy living just five feet from the High Line?would co-exist with its West 23rd Street neighbor, architect Lindy Roy's Highline 519, the answer is ... not well! The Real Deal reports that Naman is suing the Buildings Department, Highline 519 developers Highline Park and Sleepy Hudson and the building's condo association over a partial stop work order that has lingered at HL23 and prevents everything but foundation work. The stop work order, in place since April 30, was slapped on HL23 for performing shoring work under Highline 519 without permission. The DOB said it would be lifted when the neighbors give the green light, but Naman now alleges in the suit that at a meeting in April, a rep from Highline Park asked for $850,000 in exchange for permission. The president of the general contractor that worked on Highline 519 was at the meeting, and tells The Real Deal, "The truth is there was no request made or demand made for money." The lawsuit also alleges that the stoppage has endangered construction financing for HL23. Whoa. The next court date is set for tomorrow. Folks, we have entered the wild wild West Chelsea!
· HL23 developer sues DOB over stop work order [TRD]
· HL23 coverage [Curbed]


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