GVSHP Far West Village Rezoning Meeting April 6th
GVSHP is co-sponsoring a critically important community meeting on the need to rezone part of the Far West Village that encourages oversized commercial development on Monday, April 6 at 6:30 pm at 75 Morton Street (at Greenwich Street). We strongly urge you to attend this meeting.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? The C6-1 zone (above) is an outdated zoning district enacted in 1961 which encourages very out-of-scale hotel, dorm, and office development. This issue came to the fore early last year when a developer proposed a nearly 100 ft. tall hotel at Washington and Perry Streets (that plan has since been dropped, but would have been allowed under the zoning). At the time, GVSHP urged the City to change the C6-1 zoning to prevent this kind of development from overwhelming this neighborhood (read HERE and HERE). The City has thus far refused to act.
This issue is more than theoretical—GVSHP has surveyed the area and identified a dozen sites within this zoning district where development could take place under these lax and outdated zoning regulations. While the economy has slowed the pace of development, now is the time to push for changes so that when development starts up again, we are adequately protected (in fact, one proposed development at Charles and Washington Streets is now in limbo, and could be affected—and reduced—by a zoning change).
The meeting will be an important opportunity to find out more and to help us push for the zoning change we need. CLICK HERE for a flyer and HERE for a list of co-sponsors of the meeting and further information.