Updates on Proposed Zoning and Landmark Changes

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Updates on Proposed Zoning and Landmark Changes

The final public hearings for Zoning for Quality and Affordability and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing took place on February 9 and 10. The ZQA and MIH are integral components of the Mayor's Housing New York plan. The proposals themselves are adjustments to citywide policy that would be applied in neighborhoods or on parcels as needed. Any rezoning requires full public review pursuant to the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Process. In general, preservation groups want modifications to the proposals, while owners and developers support them The City Council approved the amended proposals on March 22. Please visit the MHNA website for the latest updates.

Midtown East Rezoning. February 3, 2016, The Real Deal, “Midtown East rezoning will likely be passed in 2017: Garodnick”, by Konrad Putzier. In October, a steering committee including Council member Dan Garodnick and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer proposed a sweeping rezoning plan for Midtown East between 39th Street and 57th Street. The de Blasio administration is currently reviewing the proposal, and will present its own plan in turn. “I think you’re going to see a proposal from the mayor this year” Garodnick said. “They will propose it, then it goes through ULURP, and then we [the City Council] pass it. My expectation is that we will pass the East Midtown rezoning in 2017.” Garodnick is a key figure in the long-standing quest to rezone and promote new construction in Midtown East–a district shaped by stately but ageing office buildings and cramped subway cars. The proposed area for rezoning includes the property designated for the 1 Vanderbilt Place project.

Landmarks Preservation Commission Backlog Project. The following buildings in Murray Hill/Curry Hill were reviewed by the LPC on February 23, but they were not designated as landmarks and were removed from the calendar: 150 East 38th Street House. Research file. This building has had extensive alterations and is not a candidate based on architectural merit, but it has historical merit based on having housed the studios of sculptors Gutzon Borglum and John Angel. President Chester A. Arthur House, 123 Lexington Avenue. Chester A. Arthur was the 21st president of the United States from 1881-1885, assuming the presidency after the assassination of James A. Garfield. He took the oath of office in this building in 1882, and returned to it after leaving the presidency. The building’s lower floors have been extensively altered.

Photo: Midtown East looking north from Murray Hill



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