Category: Zoning

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

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick Begin East Midtown Steering Committee Process

Team of facilitators selected, labor representative from Build Up NYC added to making recommendations for area NEW YORK, NY – The East Midtown Steering Committee, a planning group co-chaired by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and City Councilmember Daniel R. Garodnick to set the framework for a new greater East Midtown area, has finalized the group’s membership and will proceed with its first formal session today, aided by a… Read more

Borough President Brewer, Councilmember Garodnick announce East Midtown Steering Committee

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick on July 9 announced the formation of the East Midtown Steering Committee. Made up of stakeholders and chaired by the Borough President and Council Member Garodnick, this commences the second phase of the East Midtown rezoning proposal, with phase one focusing on the Vanderbilt Avenue corridor. The East Midtown Steering Committee will conduct a ground-up process to study… Read more