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Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Development Team on 200 Amsterdam High-Rise

In a decision closely watched by Manhattan owners and developers, a New York State Appellate Court has reversed a lower-court ruling that ordered the team on 200 Amsterdam Ave., a residential condominium high-rise project on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, to lop an unspecified number of stories off the substantially completed building.

The developers, a partnership of SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan America, appealed the lower court’s ruling last year. The appellate court on Tuesday rejected the previous ruling that the building’s 608-foot height violated zoning regulations.

“The court’s ruling will give peace of mind to developers who follow the rules and were concerned of having a project derailed due to objections filed after the approval,” said Michael Zetlin, senior partner at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, which filed an amicus brief on behalf of the New York Building Congress. “This is a big win for development in New York.”

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