Monday, April 9, 2012

Jewish Home construction permission delayed

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Columbia SpectatorColumbia Daily Spectator
Injunction could halt plans for Jewish Home Lifecare relocation
In at least a temporary victory for Park West Village tenants, a judge agreed to an injunction preventing any modification of the parking lot that the nursing home plans to relocate to.
By Casey TolanSpectator Senior Staff WriterPublished April 9, 2012

Jewish Home Lifecare faces another hurdle in its plans to build a 20-story nursing home on the Upper West Side after neighbors on Thursday secured a temporary injunction against plans to relocate their parking.

The nursing home organization wants to move from its current location on 106th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues to a new site on 97th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues—on a parking lot in the middle of the Park West Village housing complex.

The injunction hinges on the parking lot. Once construction on the lot began, Park West Village residents would have to park in an underground garage around the block, on Columbus Avenue between 97th and 98th streets.

But residents argued that the aboveground lot was guaranteed as an ancillary service under the state Rent Stabilization Code, which means that it cannot be modified without approval from the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal.

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