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Harlem Residents Speak Out Against High Rise Proposal

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Residents in the area of Central Park North and Lenox Avenue in Manhattan say a new development just doesn't fit in.

Opponents are objecting to the height of the building, which they say is not in keeping with the lower buildings in the area. They say a 20-story high rise just wouldn't fit in.

Protestors gathered at a hearing where developer Athena Group asked for a variance on zoning laws to allow for the high rise.

"This is a public good that they are asking for," said Councilman Bill Perkins. "There should be some public need that they will be addressing."

"The point is to try to maintain, as we develop, the kinds of things that are specific and special to Harlem," said Creative Cities director Linda Lees. "This doesn't in any way support that."

NY1 has reached out to Athena for a response, but so far has not heard back.
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