As one of the people that voted against the plan to turn the building into a hotel and condos with a liquor-serving restaurant, I can say that I voted against it because I thought various aspects of the plan needed work e.g. the traffic plan and having liquor near the park. We can only vote on land use and not issues of preservation (except in landmark commission appeals).
I realize that the building wasn't protected, but this still sucks. And yes, maybe preservationists didn't buy the building to save it but this still sucks.
I often vote for developers in many cases if I feel a zoning change is merited, but this ones burns me a little bit.
Maybe next time it would be nice to take the asbestos and freon out first before they demo the building. And oh yeah, post the demo permit next time. Nicely done.