What a Good Old-Fashioned Zoning Fight! Solow’s East River Plan Has Two Days Left

It’s been some time since the city’s seen a land use spat come down to the wire like it’s seeing

It’s been some time since the city’s seen a land use spat come down to the wire like it’s seeing in Murray Hill. Developer Sheldon Solow, with a $4 billion plan to build seven towers just south of the United Nations, has two days left to gain City Council approval for a zoning change before his application expires; and it seems an agreement with local Council member Daniel Garodnick has yet to be reached.

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The Council missed two scheduled votes on the issue last week, and now has another tentatively scheduled for tomorrow. An aide to Mr. Garodnick said discussions are ongoing. The hard deadline for approval is Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of City Planning.

The full Council is expected to defer to Mr. Garodnick, who has objected to the heights of the proposed towers and the inclusion of a large commercial building in the complex. The Times reported last week that Mr. Solow is hoping to lure the U.N. into his building temporarily while it renovates its Secretariat building.

Mr. Garodnick, a first-term councilman often eager to jump on the phone, has stayed away from the press, while Mr. Solow’s spokesman has issued statements saying he hopes for an agreement before the deadline.

What a Good Old-Fashioned Zoning Fight! Solow’s East River Plan Has Two Days Left