Longtime NY1 morning anchor Pat Kiernan appeared at a community board hearing, to oppose a variance that would allow developers to construct a 141-foot tower on a narrow lot next door to his building. Kiernan and others cited increased traffic, decreased light and air, and the historic value of the existing structure, a 19th-century stable. That's all well and good, but what he seems most determined to avoid is a serious devaluation of his apartment. (Damn you, lot line windows!) Still, Kiernan and his allies have a point. According to the existing FAR, the developer would only be allowed a 71-foot building on the 25-foot wide lot, but, claiming that such a building would not be profitable, the developer sought to nearly double that height, but lost. Now the matter will be forwarded to the city's Board of Standards & Appeals, where Kiernan should have another chance to show off his public speaking skills.
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