City Postpones Certification of Controversial SoHo/NoHo Rezoning

Posted on: May 5th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Eddie Panta

Monday afternoon, the City postponed its vote to certify the Mayor’s proposed SoHo/NoHo (and Chinatown) rezoning, with no new date given. The sudden action came on the heels of the New York Supreme Court denial of a restraining order to stop same.

Several neighborhood groups had sued the city on Friday to halt the controversial rezoning due to a lack of in-person public meetings. However, New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron yesterday denied the request for a temporary restraining order, ruling that there was “no showing of immediate, irreparable harm” in letting the process move forward.

Nevertheless, the city did not certify the SoHo/NoHo rezoning yesterday as planned, which would have kickstarted the review process.

Photo: Village Preservation

“The city represented to the court earlier today that DCP will not be certifying its SoHo/NoHo application today as planned,” Jason Zakai, the lawyer for the community groups opposing the rezoning, said yesterday in a statement. “Presumably, this was the basis for the Court’s order.”

As previously reported, the de Blasio administration seeks to update the area’s 1960s industrial zoning to allow new retail and residential development. It would create up to 3,200 apartments to be built, a quarter of which would be affordable. Opponents, however, claim that it’ll destroy affordable housing and make housing in these neighborhoods more expensive and the population less socio-economically and racially diverse.

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