Mitsui Fudosan and SJP Properties – 200 Amsterdam
Herrick represented Mitsui Fudosan and SJP Properties as co-counsel in the zoning litigation involving their development of the luxury high rise 200 Amsterdam when a neighborhood coalition of Upper West Side residents and politicians challenged the Department of Building's approval of the project and two approvals by the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals. The community groups argued that the developers created an illegal zoning lot - which was an unusual shape and utilized partial tax lots. In 2020, a New York Supreme Court trial judge ordered that our clients deconstruct several floors of the 55-story building. In March 2021, New York State's Appellate Division ruled in favor of the developers, finding the building permit issued was lawful and that the trial court should have deferred to the NYC Board of Appeals. This matter attracted significant media attention (Crain’s, Bisnow, NY Times, NY Post, CNN, Real Deal, among others).