From the Wall Street Journal:
City Council Member Stephen Levin must decide by the council’s last session of the year Thursday whether to vote against a measure to allow two towers—one 30 stories, one 40 stories—at 77 Commercial St., instead of two 15-story buildings.
The vote by Mr. Levin, who represents the area on the council, will likely be followed by his colleagues.
If allowed to build higher, developers Joseph Chetrit and David Bistricer would be expected to deliver 200 units of affordable housing and money for a long-promised park, softening the impact of thousands of new residents moving to the area. But to some in Greenpoint, voting no represents a rare opportunity to put a brake on the rapid pace of development.
We’re not hopeful that Levin will vote to limit the height of the 77 Commercial Street development. Especially since he voted to approve the Greenpoint Landing project after they threw the community a couple of bones. (Greenpointers suspects a conspiracy.) Very disappointing since a large part of his campaign pitch in Greenpoint was built around his opposition to the towers.