East Village Rezoning — Public Hearing June 25
The proposed rezoning of much of the East Village and Lower East Side will begin to officially move forward on Monday, June 25th, when the Department of City Planning holds its public meeting on the draft scope of work for the environmental impact statement for the proposed rezoning. The hearing is at Spector Hall at the Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, from 2 to 5 P.M. and from 6 to 8:45 P.M. Click here for the draft scope of work and here for the protocol for the scoping meeting. GVSHP sees the proposed rezoning as a very important step forward in protecting the East Village from inappropriate development, and the plan has been improved since first shared with the public, tightening restrictions on inappropriate development. However, there remain areas where the plan could be improved, and GVSHP is working with a coalition of community groups and the Community Board to advocate for further improvements through the scoping process. GVSHP is also working with the Community Board and community groups to seek a rezoning of the 3rd and 4th Avenue corridors and mid-blocks, and the Bowery, which the City has refused to include in the East Village/Lower East Side Rezoning. The Community Board recently voted to move ahead with pursuing a community-initiated rezoning of these critical blocks which are threatened by inappropriate development.