Two developers with side-by-side condo projects in Hudson Square are now duking it out over whose building will have better views. The developer of a planned 25-story tower at 568-570 Broome Street is suing the developer behind a proposed 15-story tower at 111 Varick Street alleging the latter is trying to undermine the former’s project.
Plans at 568-570 Broome call for a 287-foot tower. Developer Agime Group is able to build that tall at the site because of a Wide Street in front of the project, as designated by the city’s Department of Buildings.
The Varick Street condo developer, Madigan Development, wasn’t happy with the designation and wrote to the DOB to have the designation revoked. Despite already having faced defeat once on this issue, Madigan has decided to appeal the ruling that allowed for that designation to stay in place.
This, Agime alleges amounts to sabotage. And what’s all this kerfuffle about? Views apparently (because what else could it be?)—Agime alleges that Madigan only filed the complaint so units on the upper floors at 111 Varick would have unobstructed views.
If Madigan is able to win its appeal, the Broome Street condo will have to drop down to 185 feet. Both projects are located next to the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, and construction is already underway on the Broome Street condo. A New York State Supreme Court will now decide how this feud is resolved.