A little more than three weeks after Rockrose’s plans were rejected for their 43-25 Hunter Street project,1 the Department of Buildings has again turned the development corporation away. A series of permits were stamped “PLAN EXAM – DISAPPROVED 06/02/2014 (J)” earlier in the week, including the most critical “CEL,ROF 001 thru 050” permit.2
Construction was originally slated to begin on the 50-story, 907,000-square-foot, 500-foot-tall building with 975 units in the fourth quarter of 2013.3 But we’re now half way through 2014, and there has been zero activity on the lot.
This is emblematic of the sort of bureaucratic rat maze that mires development in the city and drives up prices. De Blasio should be taking notes if he’s serious about affordability.