Fordham University (113, 155 West 60 Street, 140 West 62 Street, 160 West 62 Street)

Address: 113, 155 West 60th Street; 140 West 62nd Street
Block No (155 West 60th Street): 1132
Lot No (155 West 60th Street): 20
Landmark status: No


Deirdre Carson, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Edward Wallace, Esq.
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166
(212) 801-6855

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President
Fordham University
33 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 636-6000

Douglaston Development
42-09 235 Street
Douglaston, NY 11363
(212) 400-9292

Michael Groll
LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene, MacRae LLP
125 West 55 Street
New York, NY
(212) 424-8616


Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 2/28/08
On Sept. 10, 2007, the City Planning Commission held a scoping session for Fordham University’s proposed work. The City Planning Commission is finalizing the scoping document and will announce the publication of the final version. The next step is the certification of the Scope of Work document by the City Planning Commission. After the document is certified, work will begin on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Fr. Joseph McShane, President of Fordham University, disclosed that the project will cost $25,500,000.

Fordham University has proposed 2.5 million square feet of new development for the block bound by W 60th and 62nd Streets, and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. The proposed development is divided into two phases. Phase One includes a 16-story Law School building and an 8-story addition to the library, as well as the construction of two residential buildings at 60-stories on West 62nd and Amsterdam, and at 50-stories on West 60th and Amsterdam. The school is requesting waivers for the following: 3 garages (allowing a total of 595 spaces verse the 35 spaces allowed by the Urban Renewal Agreement which expires in January 2006); adjustment of the height and setback requirements regarding the distance between nearby buildings and the buildings to be constructed.

Fordham University is requesting variances from the Lincoln Square Special District Zoning.

This entire project is being reviewed by all stakeholders (December 2005). Hearings re: Fordham University’s development: 4/5/05- Full Board Meeting (Land-use-Committee), some elements of proposal not as-of-right. 4/26/05- Steering Committee. 6/1/05- Full Board Meeting.

On December 29, 2005, Community Board 7 sent a letter to the Hon. Amanda Burden, Chairperson New York City Planning Commission, suggesting that this project is not ready for certification. They reasoned that since Fordham acquired its site following the city’s exercise of its powers of eminent domain, then Fordham should give back to its community by allowing the city to reacquire the site and dedicate it to educational use.

On April 24, 2006 Community Board 7 sent a letter to Chair Amanda Burden explaining their concerns with both Fordham’s three immutable conditions and the resulting progress toward an agreeable master plan. Fordham’s three conditions which they are unwilling to compromise on are as follows: first, they will not change the 15-20 foot high platform at the center of its block site; second, Fordham insists that the project must be built at or close to the maximum allowable FAR; and third, Fordham must sell its development rights for sites at Amsterdam Ave and 60th and 62nd Streets to raise capital, thereby making these sites off limits for Fordham’s educational functions. CB7 also mentions their disappointment that the City Planning Commission has been unwilling to meet with CB7 to discuss these concerns, and they again urge the City Planning Commission to meet with them to discuss these issues.

The Public Scoping Meeting for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Fordham University Lincoln Center Master Plan is scheduled for September 10, 2007.

According to the Office of Government Relations of Fordham University, the proposed Amsterdam towers will be raised by about 50 feet farther than the previous estimates for height.

The first private building on the site is slated to be at 49 Amsterdam Avenue. Douglaston Development is in pre-development on a luxury condominium there, next door to Lincoln Center and Damrosch Park. The project is being developed in conjunction with Continental Properties. The design architect is Cesar Pelli & Associates.

This site is planned to have 250 luxury condominium homes in a 55-plus story glass tower, an outdoor garden for residents, and a high-end restaurant. The second floor of the building will be dedicated to an extensive amenity package, including a designer spa, fitness center, pool, screening room and business center.

Levine Builders will be providing construction management services.


UPDATE: 8/04/09

On June 30th, 2009 the City Council voted to approve the Fordham expansion plan with many caveats.

The restrictive declaration is currently being revised and will be posted in the future.

Block No (140 West 62nd Street): 1132
Lot No (140 West 62nd Street): 1


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