Construction of the megatower planned for 50 West 66th Street has been stalled for five months, with little explanation. Extell has not responded to our request for comment, and the West 64th-67th Street Block Association, which has been following the project closely, can find no explanation.
One issue may be that the project faces community opposition, and could be forced to change its plans based on the results of an upcoming hearing. On Tuesday, preservationist group Landmark West will present its challenge to the city Board of Standards and Appeals, which rules on zoning. At issue is the mechanical space that Extell has used in the middle of the building, which lifted the building higher than zoning regulations might otherwise allow.The Department of Buildings was okay with the mechanical spaces, called “mechanical voids” by opponents. Landmark West has more about the project here — it uses 36 West 66th as the address for the building.
The hearing starts at 10 a.m. at the Board of Standards and Appeals at 22 Reade Street.