Proposed Midtown Zoning Changes Being Rolled Out to Public – Pay Attention, Flatiron Citizens!
Reported by Tod Shapiro for the Flatiron Hot! News
The long-awaited rezoning efforts by the city to allow for the redevelopment of midtown, with the de Blasio administration picking up where Bloomberg’s left off, are being rolled out as the current proposals wend their way through the approval process called for by the City Charter. The proposals being floated, after taking into account criticism of Mayor Bloomberg’s previous plan and comments from community groups and local elected officials and Community Boards, call for an increase in the size of any new or proposed buildings in the designated midtown areas in return for contributions to special funds to be established for agreed upon transportation and public space upgrades proposed by DOT and the Metropolitan Transit Authority that will allow for the greater population density over time.
Flatiron residents should educate themselves about the process, as the impact on all of Manhattan will be substantial in terms of traffic in the streets, heights of our buildings, and the look and feel of areas that border on and lead into the Flatiron District and Chelsea. The proposals by the City Planning Commission just released in a meeting with CB5 and made available to the public, give a good overview of what may happen — bigger buildings and redevelopment in midtown in return for, hopefully, transit improvements and upgrades to the streets and public plazas in our area. All New Yorkers have a stake in this, particularly in Flatiron, so we’ll be highlighting for those who follow our blog some resources to keep the public in the loop. Importantly, the process as it plays out will offer the public many chances over the next few months to have input in the form of open hearings and meetings.
Here are two excellent items that are a good start for anybody looking to learn about this critical process: a link to the Presentation Powerpoint document that was part of the recent meeting held by the DCP for the CB5, and an excellent summary article of the meeting and the general schema of the proposals by that excellent local resource, Manhattan Express and the redoubtable reporter Jackson Chen. We will continue to post and tweet news and documents as they become available as this process moves forward.