Community Board Calls for Changes to E. Vil. Rezoning Plan
Last week, Community Board #3 adopted the recommendations of its 197A (Rezoning) Task Force (on which GVSHP sits), calling upon the City to make changes to their proposed rezoning plan for the East Village and to move swiftly to implement these changes in light of growing development pressure upon the neighborhood.
The Board’s recommendations called for (among other things): a further reduction in the allowable size of development on side streets, so that the rezoning would not inadvertently encourage out-of-context rooftop additions; a significant reduction in the proposed allowable size of development on Houston Street, Avenue D, and lower Second Avenue; incentives for the creation of affordable housing on all wide avenues in the East Village, and an increase overall in the amount and percentage of affordable housing to be created by the plan; and adoption of measures to prevent the unnecessary demolition of existing buildings in the neighborhood (see full resolution here).
Most of these recommendations were consistent with those which GVSHP had made to City Planning this fall to improve the plan (click here for more details). For further information on the city’s current proposal for rezoning the East Village and the response to it, please see below and click here and here.