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Re: PROPOSED SPECIAL WEST CHELSEA DISTRICT EXPANSION C 150101 ZMM and N 150102 ZRM
Dear City Planning Director Weisbrod:
I strongly support the proposed expansion of the Special West Chelsea District to include contextual zoning height limits for West 14th and 15th Streets.
Unfortunately, the current M1-5 zoning for this block has no height limits or streetwall requirements, and thus not only allows but encourages completely out-of-scale and out-of-character development here. Such development not only shatters the scale of 15th Street, but can loom over the adjacent low-rise Gansevoort Market Historic District which abuts the proposed Special West Chelsea District Expansion. The proposed 50 to 95 ft. streetwalls and 135 ft. height caps are much more appropriate than what is currently allowed.
This is made especially necessary by the passage in 2013 of state legislation allowing the transfer of development rights from the Hudson River Park to this block. Imposing the height caps of the Special West Chelsea District in place for this block will ensure that grossly out-of-character development, which the current zoning would allow, especially with such air rights transfers, does not take place here.
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