The new zoning would allow residential development of as much as 125 feet high, in an area where residential development is currently prohibited. GVSHP opposes the proposal.
The rezoning was rejected once before in 2003, and is also opposed by several other neighborhood groups. There are critical unanswered questions about the impact the proposed rezoning and the development it might spur would have. At the same time that the City has released this developer-initiated rezoning proposal, they have refused to act upon long-standing community requests to rezone the Hudson Square area directly south of the proposed rezoning, to cap the allowable size and height of new development there. This is where Donald Trump’s SoHo ‘Condo-Hotel’ is located, and where the zoning allows 45-story buildings (unlike in the proposed rezoning area, which actually only allows much more modestly-scaled development).