A New York State appellate court ruled Tuesday that the controversial tower at 200 Amsterdam Avenue can keep all 52 of its floors, despite a lower court’s earlier ruling which would have forced the developer to remove about 20 of them.
The project has faced opposition since the very beginning, with opponents arguing developers SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan illegally “gerrymandered” a zoning lot in order to build higher. Despite ongoing litigation, though, the developers continued to build.
Tuesday’s unanimous ruling appears to be one the building’s opponents will have a tough time coming back from.
In a statement, SJP Properties chairman and CEO said “This ruling is a crucial victory for the Upper West Side and New York City’s economic recovery,” adding that “We believe in the resiliency of New York City and are looking forward to relaunching sales and delivering 200 Amsterdam, which is nearing completion and on track to welcome residents this coming summer.”