Last month, the Department of City Planning unveiled a plan to rezone eight blocks between East 9th-13th streets and 3rd & 4th Avenues. The proposal would limit building height to 12 stories and provide incentives to developers who build affordable housing. Tonight, Community Board 3 will hold a public hearing on the plan. It’s part of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Prodcedure (ULURP). The City Charter requires the community board, the Manhattan borough president, the City Planning Commissiona nd the City Council to give their formal approval.
The proposal is an outgrowth of CB3’s sweeping rezoning of the Lower East Side in 2008. City Councilmember Rosie Mendez is a strong supporter of the rezoning, as is David McWater, the chair of CB3’s land use committee. Others, such as neighborhood activist Rob Hollander, see major problems with the proposal.
You can have a look at the plan in detail here. CB3’s land use committee meets tonight at 630pm, at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street. Anyone wishing to speak should sign up before the meeting begins.