To actually remove floors or space from a newly-constructed building because of a violation of zoning rules is quite rare as it is drastic. And it is a situation that a nearly-completed Upper East Side condo tower could be facing.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has alleged that a 467-foot-tall building at 1059 Third Avenue, designed by Manuel Glas, is much larger and taller by at least five floors than the zoning codes would permit, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
Brewer, who said that the Department of Buildings (DOB) should have not approved 10,000 square feet for the building, recently submitted a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Manhattan's District Attorney's office asking them to investigate the matter.
A similar claim was made by a non-profit organization called Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, which previously filed a zoning challenge to the Buildings Department regarding the tower. In a summary of findings, the group said:
1. “The building is too large for its district” (referring to the 10,000 square feet of zoning floor area).