Despite protests from the surrounding community, the city's Board of Standards and Appeals approved of a change in zoning law to allow the Dalton School to move ahead with its planned rooftop additions.
The revered Upper East Side private school submitted plans to add two stories to its 89th Street building back in September. Local Community Board 8 initially rejected the proposal, citing neighbors' concerns that the project would block light, and that the school was arrogantly exploiting its position of wealth and power to advance its agenda. Councilmember Dan Garodnick also urged the BSA to reject the plan on the basis of CB8's overwhelming opposition.
The extra two floors will add 12,164 square feet to the building and increase the height from 143 to 170 feet. However, according to school officials, there are no plans to expand the size of the student body; instead, the extra space will be used to develop Dalton's science, technology, engineering and math programs.
· "Dalton School's 2-Story Addition Approved Despite Community Opposition" [DNAinfo]