SJP Properties wins the 200 fight of Amsterdam

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Steven Pozycki, CEO of SJP Properties, and 200 Amsterdam (SJP, 200 Amsterdam)

A three-year fight over the Upper West Side’s controversial 200 Amsterdam condominium tower has come to an end as New York’s highest court rejects an attempt by opponents to overturn a decision that allowed the 52 tower floors to stand.

The Appeals Division’s decision “finally puts an end to unwarranted legal challenges” and confirms that the permits were properly issued, said SJP Properties CEO Steven J. Pozycki, the tower’s developer. The first resident will move in a few weeks, he said.

The battle over 200 Amsterdam had high stakes not only for the project itself, but also for developments around the city. The Municipal Arts Society and the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development filed a lawsuit in 2018, claiming the city wrongly issued a building permit after SJP Properties cobbled together partial tax lots for the tower.

If successful, their efforts would have required the developer to remove several stories from the top of the building that had already been constructed. SJP suspended work on the building because the judge in the case initially ruled in favor of opponents of the project.

Then, in March, the court’s Appeals Division overturned that decision, giving the developer the green light to move forward unless the Municipal Arts Society can win an appeal.

SJP resumed marketing units for sale in April. Two penthouses are already under contract for $19.3 million and $17.5 million each, according to SJP.

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