Two neighborhood residents, Louise Hanible and Gwendolyn Toler, have filed for an appeal in opposition of the developer’s plans for a 32-story building with apartments, retail and a rooftop village.
At previous Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition meetings, residents have spoken in opposition of the large project. While many believe that the development is not what the area needs, Blatstein has repeatedly stated that, “this is the best way to build.” In May, the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the plans for the site.
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The appeal notices, filed June 14, seek to reverse the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s May approvals for the project, which would include a 32-story tower and an outdoor shopping mall atop a city-block-sized podium of bigger stores and parking.
The notices did not spell out Hanible’s and Toler’s grounds for appealing the zoning approvals. Neither answered calls seeking comment.
In addition to this appeal, Blatstein has been in court to maintain rights to develop the property. Hudson Realty Capital L.L.C. of New York. claims that because Blatstein failed to complete the $18 million purchase by the previously agreed upon date of March 15, he no longer has control of the property.