Category: Zoning

Brewer Hails Stop-Work Order on 180 E. 88th Development

The following statement can be attributed to be Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer: “Last week, together with Councilmember Ben Kallos, I asked the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) to stop work on 180 East 88th Street. The developer there was using a loophole in the zoning code to circumvent contextual zoning. Kudos to the DOB for listening, and for issuing a stop work order today.” Background
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Broadway-Sherman Compromise Shows Mandatory Inclusionary Program Can Work When Tailored to Neighborhood Needs

Today, Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced her office has negotiated a framework for residential development at 4650 Broadway in Inwood, Manhattan’s first private application considered under the new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program. Under the framework deal announced by Brewer, the developer committed to a shorter building with a significant number of apartments that will actually be affordable to Inwood residents. Brewer lauded the compromise as a victory for Inwood… Read more

Statement on Passage of Mayor’s Affordable Housing Zoning Proposals

“Since I was elected Borough President, I’ve called for two things: affordable housing included in every new residential development in Manhattan, and major revisions to the city’s opt-in affordable housing programs. The process that’s concluding today is a big step forward on both goals. “The mayor’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing plan isn’t perfect, but it has the potential to put a big dent in the city’s housing crisis. Starting now, any… Read more

Manhattan Borough Board Votes Against Mayor’s Zoning Proposals, Outlines Needed Fixes

a room full of manhattan board members discussing proposals At a special meeting Monday morning, the Manhattan Borough Board formally voted to deny its approval to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Zoning for Quality & Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) Zoning proposals unless a range of outstanding major concerns are addressed. The Borough Board, made up of Manhattan’s Community Board chairs and City Council members, recommended disapproval of both plans by votes of 12-0, with four abstentions. “I… Read more

In Letter, B.P. Brewer and 28 Manhattan Electeds Voice Major Concerns With De Blasio Administration Zoning Plans

Last night, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and a group of 28 elected officials representing Manhattan sent a letter to City Planning Commission Chair Carl Weisbrod, outlining major concerns with the de Blasio administration’s Zoning for Quality & Affordability and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing zoning plans. “If approved, these text amendments have the ability to drastically reshape housing, particularly affordable housing, is constructed in New York City,” the elected officials… Read more

Hundreds Attend Public Hearing on Mayor’s Zoning Proposals

At a public hearing her office held Monday evening, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer heard testimony from 55 speakers on two proposed amendments to the city’s zoning code advanced by the de Blasio administration: a new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) program and a slate of changes known as Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA). An audience of more than 250 people filled all available seats as the hearing… Read more

Public Planning Workshop on Inwood Housing, November 10

Change is coming to Inwood! The Inwood NYC Planning Initiative is an effort, led by the city’s Economic Development Corporation, to plan for future housing, zoning and economic opportunities in Upper Manhattan—as part of Mayor de Blasio’s proposed “upzoning” of the area. A community meeting focused on the housing component, in partnership with the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development, will be held Tuesday, November 10 at PS 314,… Read more

East Midtown Steering Committee Issues Proposed Rezoning Plan for Area Around Grand Central

Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Council Member Dan Garodnick led year-long community planning effort to define new building standards, community improvements After a year-long community planning process, the East Midtown Steering Committee, co-chaired by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and City Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick, has issued recommendations for the rezoning of the area around Grand Central Terminal, known as East Midtown. The steering committee — established by… Read more

Borough President and 26 Manhattan Elected Officials Urge Changes to Mayor’s Zoning Proposal

Download the letter: PDF NEW YORK, NY – Today, Borough President Gale A. Brewer and 26 other Manhattan elected officials– Members of Congress, State Senators, State Assembly Members, City Council Members– sent a letter to Carl Weisbrod, Chair of the City Planning Commission, calling for changes to the zoning text amendment which the de Blasio Administration has proposed to expand development in the City, including reforms to the city’s inclusionary… Read more

B.P. Brewer Issues Conditional Approval of Application for New Tower at One Vanderbilt Avenue in Formal Land-Use Review Process

Brewer announces agreement with developer on additional public benefits to be incorporated in plan NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced her office has issued an opinion conditionally approving an application for zoning text amendments in connection with a proposed tower to be constructed at One Vanderbilt Avenue, across the street from Grand Central Terminal in the heart of East Midtown. This opinion was issued as… Read more