The City Planning Commission determines when an application which requires City review (ULURP) is ready to begin the process. That determination is called certification. On May 18, 1992, despite pleas (May 15, 1992) from all of the West Side's elected officials and community groups, to delay certification of the incomplete application (which begins a 7-month Public Review Process - ULURP), the City Planning Commission certified the Trump application for Riverside South (West 59th - West 72nd Street, Hudson River to West End Avenue. It was an incomplete application because it not only did not include the 1992 Restrictive Declaration (RD), it did not include any Restrictive Declaration ( a so-called binding agreement between a developer and the City).
A new Restrictive Declaration was still being written by Trump's attorney just before the City Council voted on the Riverside South Plan in October 1992. Please note that the 1982 RD was written by the counsel for the City Planning Commission - Norman Marcus - on behalf of the community!
With the new RD in place, the city voided the 1982 Restrictive Declaration; the one with the $100 million in amenity obligations; the one that was to run with the land for 99 years; the one enforceable by adjoining landowners. The city allowed Trump to avoid most of the $100 million in amenity obligations!
If the 1982 obligation of $31 million for the 72nd St. subway station had been tied to just an annual 3% inflation rate, by 1992, Trump would have had to pay a minimum of $44,295,484.00 to fix the subway before he began to build Riverside South.
The city now required Trump to pay only $10 million for the 72nd St. subway and it was to be paid after Riverside South’s buildings received certificates of occupancy. There was no money for the 66th St. subway station.
Why did the City Planning Commission rush to certify the application on May 18 1992?
Was it because a delay in certification would have extended the review process in 1993?
Chase Manhattan Bank agreed to bankroll the entire zoning process for Riverside South, add on the operating losses on the site to the existing mortgage fund the Riverside South Planning Corporation (the civics have 6 out of 7 seats on the Board of Directors, RSPC. Trump has one seat and veto power!) Chase pledged $1 million for the first six months and more as needed.
Was the sweetner that rushed the certification process, the $10 million that Trump would get from Chase when it refinanced a mortgage it held on Trump Tower?
Chase stated in Trump's financial filing with “The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Agency’s April 5, 1991” that refinancing would occur only AFTER the new zoning was approved. The new zoning had to be obtained before December 31, 1992. Coalition brought this fact to the attention of the City Planning Commission Planning Commission ignored it.