One of the Upper West Side's most contentious redevelopment projects has won a crucial zoning exemption from Manhattan Community Board 7, bringing the conversion of the former First Church of Christ, Scientist at the corner of 96th Street and Central Park West one step closer to reality, DNAinfo reports. The redevelopment of the 112-year-old church into 39 condos has yet to be approved by the full community board as well as the city's Board of Standards and Appeals. The conversion will also require certain zoning regulations for the area to be waived. After a few tweaks to the design, the conversion won the blessings of the Landmarks Preservation Commission in March.
The developer, 61 CPW LLC, will ask the Board of Standards and Appeals to okay the development's lack of surrounding open space and windows that are "too close" to an adjacent building.
· Controversial UWS Church-to-Condo Conversion Approved by Board [DNAinfo]
· Upper West Siders Calmly Accept Contested Church Conversion [Curbed]
· All 361 Central Park West coverage [Curbed]