Slimmer, taller tower at Superior Inks site gets a variance to build
The Board of Standards and Appeals on Tuesday approved a variance for the new Related Companies residential building planned at the historic Superior Inks factory site on West St. between Bethune and W. 12th Sts.
The B.S.A. approved a 190-foot-tall tower with 160,000 square feet of space with a floor-area ratio of 5. Relateds original proposal was for a 270-foot-tall tower with 210,000 square feet of space and an F.A.R. of 6.5.
Its a big improvement over the original version, said Andrew Berman, director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, which lobbied to decrease the buildings size. Were gratified that our fight had some improvement on it. Were still fighting to save the existing building, he said of the old factory, noting he called Robert Tierney, commissioner of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, on Monday asking him again to landmark the building.
Berman said the new building plan is skinnier and actually taller, which surrounding residents prefer to the earlier plan. However, while the original buildings curvilinear design has been replaced by a rectilinear one, G.V.S.H.P. and neighbors dont like the 10-story, sheer glass walls that the design now has on its north and south sides. Berman said theyre going to ask all the area elected officials to put pressure on Related to change this part of the design.