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Upper West Side's forthcoming tallest tower can move forward

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The 668-foot skyscraper rising on Amsterdam Avenue can proceed after a DOB audit

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The Department of Buildings has given developers the green light to proceed with construction at 200 Amsterdam Avenue, where the Upper West Side’s tallest tower is taking shape.

In July, neighborhood residents along with the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development and local elected officials successfully convinced the DOB that the proposed 668-foot tower didn’t comply with current zoning restrictions, nor did it adhere to the open space requirements.

After conducting an audit of its own, the DOB has determined that construction can move forward, reports Crain’s. Developer SJP Properties will have to re-file plans for the 668-foot tower.

“When this proposal was filed, it failed to include even the necessary facts and figures pertaining to its compliance with Open Space requirements,” City Council member Helen Rosenthal, who opposes the project, said in a statement. “That information has apparently finally been provided. But the substantive concerns about the proposal’s bizarre, gerrymandered zoning have not been addressed.”

However, developers counter that they have done everything to address the concerns raised by the DOB. “Following a thorough review and audit of our application for 200 Amsterdam, the New York City Department of Buildings has determined the zoning for the site is valid and that the building's design complies with the zoning in all aspects,” they wrote in a statement to Curbed. “We look forward to delivering a world-class building, and working closely with the local neighborhood and community officials throughout the construction process.”

But while the project is likely to move forward soon, Rosenthal says that she will “continue to work with community groups to push that case, and will explore all available options to do so.” She has the support of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.