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Rare Vinegar Hill ground-up building is scrapped following community pushback

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City Councilman Steve Levin’s opposition was the last straw

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Facing increasing pushback from local residents, a developer has abandoned plans to bring a 72-unit building to Vinegar Hill, Politico reports. One of the vocal opponents of the project was the City Council member representing that area, Stephen Levin. Without his backing in the City Council, other members would likely not have backed the project either.

Earlier this year, Vinegar Hill residents expressed their opposition to the project at a community board meeting. They expressed concerns that a project like this would potentially create a domino effect, bringing other large projects to this tiny neighborhood, and overburden its limited resources.

Plans called for a 72,000-square-foot building at 251 Front Street, but in order to move forward, the developers needed a rezoning approval. A previous version of this project called for 93 apartments, 23 of which would be affordable. But after the backlash the developers scaled back the project.

This new iteration would have had 18 apartments for low and middle-income New Yorkers. Early last month, the City Planning Commission signed off on the project, as it made its way through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). But without Levin’s backing, it seems the developers have deemed it futile to move forward.