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Community Planning

Statement of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Dan Garodnick on the Manhattan Borough Board’s vote in support of the East Midtown Rezoning

NEW YORK — Today, the Manhattan Borough Board adopted a resolution on the Dept. of City Planning’s East Midtown rezoning proposal, approving the plan on the condition of a number of changes and improvements. After the vote, Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Dan Garodnick issued the following joint statement:

“Today was a milestone in our effort to rezone East Midtown — one that came after extensive community deliberation and review.

“The efforts of Community Boards 5 and 6 have been instrumental and instructive over this four-year process. Last week and again today, they highlighted significant areas where the current plan needs more work, especially when it comes to public space. We are heartened that the de Blasio administration has begun responding to these concerns, and has agreed to study a requirement for public plazas for sites over 40,000 square feet. Going forward, we will forcefully advocate for the remaining priorities of Community Boards 5 and 6.

“While we have made significant progress and support today’s resolution conditionally approving the rezoning plan, our work is not yet done. We will make sure the administration addresses each and every one of the concerns we and the multiple affected community boards have raised, and we will revise and refine the proposal as it moves into the next stages of ULURP.

“East Midtown needs a revitalization. That means delivering modern class-A office space, better mass transit, and welcoming pedestrian areas. We are confident that with additional improvements, this proposal can achieve that goal and secure East Midtown’s future as an economic engine at the heart of our city.”

Read the resolution.
Watch the Borough Board debate and vote.
Prior testimony from public hearings, videos, and background material.

Categories: Community Planning, Zoning