West 14th/15th Street Rezoning Approved!
This morning the City Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a contextual rezoning of a portion of the block bounded by West 14th and 15th Streets, 9th and 10th Avenues which GVSHP strongly supported. The much-needed rezoning puts in place height limits for new development where none currently exist; under the existing zoning, towers of 250 feet in height or greater are possible here. Thanks to everyone who wrote the City Planning Commission in support of the rezoning!
Additionally, the height caps in effect prevent the transfer of air rights from the Hudson River Park to this block, which would have been allowed under state legislation passed in 2013. With such air rights transfers, development on this block could have grown to even greater heights.
This is a small but important victory in seeking to preserve and protect this northern corner of the Meatpacking District. As originally proposed, the rezoning would have actually allowed much larger development in this area, but after opposition from GVSHP and other community groups, that provision wa s dropped. The rezoned area is directly adjacent to the Gansevoort Market Historic District GVSHP secured designation of in 2003, and lies within the Gansevoort Market State and National Register Historic Districts GVSHP secured approval of in 2007. Read GVSHP's testimony in support of the rezoning here.
The rezoning must now be approved by the City Council. Councilmember Corey Johnson, in whose district the rezoning lies, has been a strong advocate of the rezoning, thus making final approval almost assured.