Monday, September 11, 2017

Hear about the rezoning of 3rd and 4th Avenues to limit large-scale commercial development



On Wednesday night, CB3's Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee will hear an informational presentation by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) on rezoning Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue.

Here's more info via GVSHP:

GVSHP will be presenting its proposal (PDF here) for rezoning the 3rd and 4th Avenue corridors to prevent oversized commercial development in this area, such as the 300 room, 13-story hotel under construction at 112-120 E. 11th St.

GVSHP is proposing and seeking zoning protections for the area between 5th and 3rd Avenues, Union Square and Astor Place, which is unique within the Village and East Village for its lack of adequate zoning and landmark protections. Community Board 3 ONLY covers the area east of 4th Avenue, so Wednesday's meeting is solely focused on 3rd and 4th Avenues (Community Board 2 covers west of 4th Avenue, and is already on record in support of our proposed zoning protections for Broadway and University Place).

If you oppose overdevelopment in this area, it is vital that you attend. We must get these zoning protections to prevent further oversized development in the area, especially hotels and office buildings. Such development is proliferating in the area in part due to the expanding tech industry, and the Mayor’s planned 14th Street “Tech Hub.”

Find more info here.

The meeting is at the Rutgers Community Center, 200 Madison St. between Rutgers and Pike. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.; this is item No. 4.

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I will be at this meeting. Please, please, please attend if you don't want the East Village to be overrun by tech bros. That's what's going to happen if there isn't a zoning change. All of my friends in San Francisco have been priced out of their neighborhoods because the real estate has been taken over by all of the people in tech making over 100 grand a year. Everyone is always complaining on this site, but please attend this meeting in person. It makes a difference when officials see and hear from people in person.

Anonymous said...

All of your friends have been priced out of SF because they won't build housing. Don't make the same mistake here. Let them build.

Gojira said...

Ya know, Anon. 11:04, you strike me as the type of curmudgeon who, if someone said the sky was blue, would retort "No it's not! It's green!" Contrary for contrary's sake much?

Anonymous said...

San Fran is a model for how NOT to allow affordable housing to survive. But now the tech companies are all looking for smaller towns to relocate their businesses and employees, since its too hard to tract talent to cities with no housing. Even Amazon is looking to build a new HQ in a different city, since Seattle is oversaturated with startups and overpriced too. The next real estate crash cant come soon enough.

Anonymous said...

Build housing for whom? It won't be affordable, nor will it be for the middle/working class. New housing these days is for the rich. Don't fall for the "more housing stock means prices will come down" BS.

Anonymous said...

Logic sounds a bit carpetbaggery

Anonymous said...

So the villain seems to be the planned Tech Hub on 14th Street. Sure, let's go back to the days when light manufacturing (many garment industry sewing shops) dominated Broadway from Astor Place down until below Houston Street. There is little evidence that citizen involvement will halt the real estate juggernaut. If you want any proof, wait until tomorrow's primary election results and analyze the poor showing throughout the city--in particular Council District 2. For almost two decades groups like the GVHS have been trying to be the boy with his finger in the dyke. Except for some minor victories what have they accomplished? Were they able to stop the Disney-fication of the Bowery?

Anonymous said...

Important meeting, I will be there. That was owned by the City? And the Mayor wants a Tech Hub when he is Mr. Affordable Housing, interesting... Definitely need to rezone the surrounding areas to protect the neighborhood, seems a no brainer you can see the examples of Tech valleys and alleys across the country and what they do.

Anonymous said...

12:36pm: You obviously are not well informed about what GVSHP has achieved, including its zoning victories (which are NOT "minor victories" no matter what you think). It wouldn't take you very long to find out about those achievements, but then you wouldn't be able to bitch about GVSHP online...