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Thread: The Rushmore at 80 Riverside Blvd - Condo - Upper West Side - by Costas Kondylis

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    Yah, bland.... wish they could have gone for a more glassy look here.

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    Remember bland rules are enforced by community idiots.

    UWS Group Asks Judge To Block Development

    November 30, 2007

    A community group is asking a state judge to prevent the development corporation Extell from going through with its new project along the Upper West Side on grounds it violates a 12-year old design agreement about the land, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday in New York State Supreme Court.

    Designs for the building at 80 Riverside Blvd., located in the Riverside South complex, include more glass than the original design guidelines permit, according to the suit, which was filed against Extell by the nonprofit organization Riverside South Planning Corporation. The suit further charges that Extell has not sought the planning corporation board's approval before its construction and it has not calculated the building's energy efficiency.

    A spokesman for Extell said he had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment.

    Donald Trump originally owned the property, located between Eleventh Avenue and the Hudson River between West 59th and 72nd streets, and built several towers there in the early 1990s.

    When he first purchased the land to create Riverside South, the local community was outraged and in order to secure community and government approval for his plan, Mr. Trump agreed to a series of binding design construction agreements in 1993. The agreement included a stipulation that if Mr. Trump sold the property, its new owners would also be subject to the design guidelines.

    When Hudson Waterfront Associates purchased the land in 1994, it abided by the guidelines, the suit says. Extell then purchased the land from Hudson in 2005.

    The development plan focuses on environmental sustainability and design criteria for buildings and open spaces.

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    Default Rush(more) to the finish line!

    So much for this joke of a lawsuit. The Rushmore is scheduled to open sometime in Feb. 2009. Much of the scaffolding has already been removed. The street between the Rushmore and the Avery (West 64th St) has now been opened, so NIMBIES can get a better look at what it's like to live in a luxury condo.

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    Is there a new tower rising just to the south of Rushmore?

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    Actually, 2 new buildings are going up just south of the Rushmore. One building will be a condo/rental and the other one a rental. Both buildings are now rising above ground.

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    Default Pictures of the new buildings going up

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    Taken on Nov. 16, 2008 from West End Ave and West 63rd St looking west.

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    Thanks for those. Do these Rushmore siblings have names yet?

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    A very handsome collection of buildings. Really "trumps" many of the newer highrises in the city, and have a sort of timeless quality yet a similarity to the better of the highrises of the 1980s.

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    Default Aldyn

    One of the buildings will be called the Aldyn. No info on what the other one will be called. Does anyone have any suggestions? Care to make Extell an offer for naming rights?

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    Default occupancy date

    I bought an unit on the 16th floor and the agent has advised me that I will probably be moving in this time next year (November or December of 2009). Anyone moving in anytime sooner??

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    I assume that's for Aldyn?

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    Default Rushmore

    I am sure he means the Rushmore. The Aldyn won't be ready for a while (2010?). It took about 9 months for the Avery to fill up. So, if the first closings at the Rushmore take place in early 2009, late 2009 for the 16th floor sounds about right.

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    Default Big time Victory for Extell!

    Extell won a huge appeal against the Riverside South Planning Corp, which tried to stop the development of the Rushmore. The link for the decision is

    In a nutshell, RSPC wanted to hold Extell to the terms of a 1993 agreement agreed to my Trump for the development of Riverside South. RSPC claimed that Extell, as the purchaser of the property from one of Trump's entities, was bound by the agreement in perpetuity. Not so said the Appellate Division, First Department, holding that the agreement had a 10 year sunset provision. RSPC is likely to take an appeal to the Court of Appeals because 2 out of the 5 judges dissented. However, in the meantime Extell has won a huge victory.

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    What exactly does the RSPC want? Do they have a problem with the Rushmore's height, appearance or what?

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