|SoHo Alliance via dme3ds1.com||Feb 25, 2019, 8:58 PM (11 hours ago)|
PLEASE FORWARD TO FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
The second public meeting on the proposed SoHo/NoHo rezoning will occur this Thursday, February 28.
The theme is Defining Mixed-Use (non-residential). There are four other future meetings. Mark the dates on your calendar now: March 20, April 11, May 2, and June 6.
We strongly urge you to attend this and the remaining four public meetings.
The real-estate lobby has made a call to its people to pack the room, to counter the large number of residents and small businesses at the first meeting. Attend these meetings to show the deBlasio administration that our neighborhood is not for sale.
Doors open from 6:00 to 6:30.A presentation by the organizers will take place from 6:30 to 7:00, followed by a “group discussion” from 7:00 to 7:45A Q&A from 7:45 to 8:15 concludes the event.
The location is the Municipal Building, North building Mezzanine at Centre & Reade Streets.Take the 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge or the R,W to City Hall. See here. Bring ID.
NYU Expansion ProposedA story in this week’s Villager reports an academic paper by a former City Planning director and commissioned by NYU that argues for increased construction in NoHo – and, by extension, SoHo, since both share identical zoning.
The NYU professor calls for doubling the permissible bulk and height of buildings on lots along Broadway, Bowery, Houston and Lafayette Streets.
The report also includes these additional zingers, verbatim:– Any floor area that is currently nonresidential, in a building that has no residential units, could be converted to college or university use. (Ready for all those NYU dorms, folks?)
– New York University largely stays west of Broadway. This major university has a limited presence in Noho, though it would seem to be an ideal area for the university to expand.
– The area’s peculiar zoning, combined with historic district controls, effectively keeps out many of the land uses that would, on economic rationales alone, wish to locate there. (The real-estate industry must be salivating at that argument.)
Since NYU is one of the nineteen participants in the City Planning’s Advisory Group and since this obscure academic report was drawn up last year, don’t you find it intriguing that it was released to the public in the midst of the current zoning discussion?
Massive NYU developments like 181 Mercer Street at Houston Street, below, currently under construction, have stayed west of Broadway due to “zoning gridlock,” the NYU author argues.
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