Plans to transform a group of five low-slung buildings on Gansevoort Street into swanky retail, offices, and restaurants will have to wait a little while longer. Aurora Capital Associates and William Gottlieb Real Estate will have to stop exterior construction on two of the five the buildings at 60-68 and 70-74 Gansevoort Street, after a panel of appellate court judges ruled in a preservation group’s favor this week, The Real Deal reported.
In April, an appellate court judge temporarily ordered construction to stop until the entire panel could offer its ruling, and that it did this week. This ruling itself follows the appeal filed by the preservation group, Save Gansevoort, which is opposed to the Gansevoort Street redevelopment project as it stands right now.
The original lawsuit filed by Save Gansevoort against the developers, and the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (for approving the project) was dismissed by a State Supreme Court judge in March. Save Gansevoort filed an appeal immediately after, and also asked for emergency stay on construction as the appeals process moved forward. Now, the appellate court panel of judges has ruled that construction must be halted until the entire appeals process has wrapped up.
The developers’ project pertains to buildings at 46-74 Gansevoort Street, but for now exterior work on the two buildings at 60-68 and 70-74 Gansevoort Street will be halted.
“The judges’ decision, which was unanimous, is particularly encouraging for our fight to preserve the Gansevoort Market Historic District and two historic buildings that Aurora Capital wants to destroy,” Elaine Young, a member of Save Gansevoort, said in a statement. “Equally as important, it is a victory for historic districts across New York City, which have been under relentless attack by real estate developers bent on maximizing profit at the expense of our neighborhoods.”