SAMPLE TESTIMONY TO CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
REGARDING RUDIN/ST. VINCENT’S REZONING PLAN
May be read in person at the November 30th hearing or mailed/emailed by December 12th, 2011
Chair, New York City Planning Commission
22 Reade Street
New York, NY 10007
via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Ms. Burden:
I write to you regarding the ULURP application for Rudin Management Company’s proposed rezoning of the former St. Vincent’s hospital campus.
Rudin proposes to rezone the former campus in order to allow residential development on a site which had been specifically rezoned in 1979 to allow development of a hospital. At that time, the sites were significantly upzoned to allow the development of two large new hospital buildings, which served a public purpose. The zoning for the site continued to allow a lower level of development for residential development. The thinking was that a hospital, which serves a public purpose, should be given special consideration to build to a higher density.
With the proposed rezoning, Rudin is seeking to allow private residential development on this site at almost the same density as the 1979 rezoning allowed for the new hospital buildings. This should not be allowed – it is wrong for this site, and would set a terrible precedent for our neighborhood and throughout the city.
None of the additional zoning density allowed for development of the hospital by the prior rezoning should be utilized for the new residential developments. Any new residential development on this site should be limited to the density currently allowed for residential development on this site, which is significantly lower. While accommodations could be made for adaptive re-use of existing non-conforming buildings, none of the additional bulk or special considerations given to allow hospital development on this site should be given to a for-profit market-rate residential development. Any new residential development on the site, if it is to take place, should revert back to the bulk limits of the underlying zoning rules for residential development on this site.