Zoning Variance Hearing June 12th for 120-140 Sixth Avenue/72-78 Sullivan Street
An application has been filed for a zoning variance for a development on this site north of Broome Street, which formerly housed a gas station and a car wash. For many years, a developer has planned to build an 18-story hotel on this site, which the zoning for the site allows. He is now seeking a zoning variance to allow the development to be residential, rather than a hotel, which the zoning for this site currently does not allow. You can read more about the application and proposed development HERE, HERE, and HERE.
It is outrageous that an 18-story development is allowable on this site, regardless of the use. The site is located within the South Village Historic District GVSHP proposed in 2006 (and which the City has still not agreed to move upon), and within an area GVSHP has long urged city officials to rezone, but which they have refused.
That said, GVSHP does not object to a residential use at this location, which might in many ways be preferable to a hotel. However, while this site is zoned for hotel and other commercial (but not residential) development at 18 stories, nearly all the sites in the surrounding neighborhood which are zoned for residential development only allow new development at a much more limited scale – about 31% smaller than the proposed development. Therefore we believe that if this development is to be allowed a variance for residential development at this location, it should be at the size and density which is allowed for residential development in the surrounding area.
HOW TO HELP:
- Attend the Community Board #2 Land Use Committee public hearing on the variance on Wednesday, June 12 at the Little Red Schoolhouse Auditorium, 272 Sixth Avenue (Bleecker Street) and urge the Community Board to only approve a variance for residential use IF the size of the development is consistent with what the residential zoning for the surrounding neighborhood allows. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm, and this is the 3rd and final item on the agenda.
- If you cannot attend, you can e-mail your comments to the Community Board at firstname.lastname@example.org (please copy email@example.com), though attending and testifying has a much greater impact.