3rd Avenue Rezoning Plan Up for Review

Posted on: May 25th, 2010 at 6:24 am by

The Department of City Planning sent out an email blast yesterday regarding the new Third Avenue Corridor Rezoning Proposal, which aims to limit out-of-scale development.  Case in point, the egregious 26-story NYU church dorm on 12th Street which towers over the rest of the neighborhood. The area included in the plan encompasses East 9th to East 13th Streets between Third and Fourth Avenues. Public review has begun.

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Building heights in this area would be capped at 120 feet for residential developments.

The proposed rezoning would replace the existing non-contextual C6-1 zoning district established in 1961 that has no height limits, encourages “tower-in-the-park” buildings set back from the street line and allows for community facility or commercial development at a density that is nearly double than what is allowed for residential development. C6-1 zoning permits residential uses up to a maximum Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 3.44, commercial uses up to a maximum 6.0 FAR and community facility uses up to a maximum 6.5 FAR.

The proposed contextual C6-2A zoning designation would cap the height of new residential developments at 120 feet and require continuous street walls with base heights between 60 and 85 feet, after which the building could rise to 120 feet, with a setback. These controls would help ensure that new development throughout the rezoning area would relate to the existing scale and character found in the surrounding neighborhood. The street wall requirement for buildings to line up at the street line provides for “eyes on the street” in keeping with the neighborhood’s traditional built character.

There’s still plenty of red tape to cross before this becomes reality.  Community Board 3 has sixty days to review the proposal before it’s punted to Borough President; then to City Planning Commission; then to the City Council.

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