This arrived in the inbox from the The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP):
The City Planning Commission voted to approve rezonings in the Far West Village (Washington and Greenwich Streets) and the East Village (3rd and 4th Avenue corridors) ...
Each of these rezonings will go a long way towards protecting and reinforcing the residential character of these neighborhoods, and preventing inappropriate development.
Please note, however, that approval of these rezonings is NOT yet final, and does not yet take effect. They must still be approved by the City Council, which will consider and vote on them in the next few weeks. Once approved at the Council, their provisions will take effect.
The 3rd/4th Avenue rezoning will never again allow buildings like the 26-story NYU dorm on East 12th Street to be built...
Does this mean we can't build a 26 story Youth Center on the roof of a Starbucks?
That dorm makes me fucking sick.
Ok, just don't be shocked when rents skyrocket because the number of residences in the East Village is now artificially limited.
Downzoning may protect the physical character of the neighborhood, but it accelerates gentrification.
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