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L: Rendering of 200 Amsterdam Avenue (Elkus Manfredi Architects), R: Construction photo by CityRealty L: Rendering of 200 Amsterdam Avenue (Elkus Manfredi Architects), R: Construction photo by CityRealty
Earlier this month, it was reported that SJP Properties reached a settlement with the Municipal Art Society of New York and the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development (CFESD) on the contested 200 Amsterdam Avenue, a 668-foot-tall tower that will become Upper West Side's second tallest (after Extell's 50 West 66th Street) if its building permits aren't revoked.

The opponents filed an injunction on April 27, alleging the high-rise to be non-compliant with zoning laws and approved in error by the Department of Buildings (true, but more on that here). The settlement, which is essentially the calm before the storm, stipulates that the "injunction is in abeyance until the foundation of the building is complete" and that the developers must notify the opponents 10 days before foundation is complete – an agreement preservationists called a "small victory."

Well, it looks like that time is right about now, according to recent site photos taken by CityRealty.
Foundation set
According to the West Side Rag, SJP Properties has also agreed not to count any building expenses incurred after May 1st "in any future legal action that could claim the developer has invested too much and progressed too far to stop the building." This means that if the Board of Standards and Appeals rules that the permits should be revoked, the developer has a lot to lose. The next scheduled hearing is on June 5th.
(Elkus Manfredi Architects)
In the event that the preservationists do not get their way, 200 Amsterdam will go on to rise 51 stories and hold 112 residential units. Elkus Manfredi Architects are the architects and CetraRuddy will design the interiors.

When renderings of the mostly glass tower debuted in December, The Real Deal said it "will not do much to add any level of architectural sophistication to the Upper West Side skyline, but it’s also not likely to fall far beneath the level of quality in the rest of the city." In other words, based on the design, the tower isn't likely to alter the neighborhood greatly.

Permits show amenities offered will include a yoga and fitness room, pool, heated lounge, conservatory, club room, rehearsal room, pet spa, virtual golf, and more.
Construction site (CityRealty)
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