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Request to rezone five blocks between Barrow and Clarkson Street West of Hudson

Map of the developer proposed rezoning area.

On Wednesday the 23rd at 10 A.M, the City Planning Commission will hold a hearing on a request by a developer to rezone five blocks between Barrow and Clarkson Street west of Husdson Street to allow additional kinds of development prohibited under the current zoning.  GVSHP urges you to join us in opposing this developer-driven rezoning by testifying against it at the hearing and/or writing to the Commission in opposition. The rezoning must be approved by the City Planning Commission and the City Council to be enacted.

Background:  The City tried to pass this rezoning in 2002, but a coalition of neighborhood groups including GVSHP opposed it and it was defeated at the City Council. Now a developer has resurrected the rezoning, which would allow new residential development of up to 125 feet in height without any special permits or approvals, although it is currently prohibited by the existing zoning. GVSHP opposes the rezoning proposal because there is no apparent benefit to the community and definite potential drawbacks in terms of inappropriate development and displacement of existing businesses.  Even worse, directly south of the proposed rezoning is a zoning district which includes the Trump SoHo Condo-Hotel and which allows 45-story buildings; GVSHP has urged the City to undertake a desperately-needed rezoning of this area, and they have thus far refused. To allow a developer-driven rezoning which is not wanted by the community while refusing to move on a community-requested rezoning in an adjacent area is especially problematic.


  • Come to the hearing to testify AGAINST the proposed “Hudson Square North” rezoning on Wednesday, April 23rd at the City Planning Commission, 22 Reade Street (btw. Broadway and Lafayette, 1 block north of Chambers Street). Arrive at 10 A.M. (the actual hearing of this item may not start until later).

  • Write to the City Planning Commission to let them know that you oppose the developer-driven “Hudson Square North” rezoning and that you instead urge the Commission to move on rezoning the area to the south which actually needs it.

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