Another controversial development planned for the Upper West Side has been canceled, making it the third batch of UWS nondos in the past two weeks. The Times reports that the New York Historical Society's renovation and expansion plan has been tweaked, and now the organization will solely focus on a three-year rehab of its building at Central Park West and 77th Street, abandoning the proposed 23-story luxury condominium tower it had hoped to build. Don't recall such a proposal? You have to go way back to November 2006 to learn about the wacky idea, the details of which pissed off Bill Moyers and plenty of other neighbors. Now that the tower has been dropped, preservationists and neighborhood groups are celebrating the victory. Said one, "We always knew the society's plan was a stalking-horse that would have opened the door to more tower development on Central Park West." Actually, that quote came from the executive director of Landmark West, a group that?after the failure of their furious campaign to landmark 2 Columbus Circle?really needed one in the win column to boost team morale.
· Historical Society Drops Plan for Expansion and Condos [NYT]
· Historical Society Throwdown on the UWS [Curbed]
· History Repeats Itself in Plan for UWS Tower [Curbed]