In response to recent and anticipated development activity in Harlem, the Department of City Planning in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the Departments of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) initiated the 125th Street Study in December of 2003 to generate a development framework for the entire 125th Street corridor between the Harlem and Hudson Rivers. The Interagency Team worked in close collaboration with the study's Advisory Committee - a diverse group of over 100 individuals representing elected officials, local civic groups and cultural institutions, stake holders, and community boards 9, 10 and 11. The study focused on several key planning areas that include: zoning, transportation, the arts, increased local and regional visitors to the corridor, and public realm/streetscape improvements. The study also reviewed and proposed strategies to develop housing within the corridor, including affordable housing. The actions comprising the 125th Street Corridor Rezoning constitute a key product of the study.
125th Street, alternatively known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, boasts a unique character and many distinct assets upon which to build. It offers a multitude of cultural, commercial and institutional resources, many of which have historic importance for the Harlem community, and it is well-served by local and regional public transportation. Building upon its many assets as well as leveraging current public and private investments and initiatives the 125th Street Corridor Rezoning seeks to support the ongoing revitalization of Harlem's "Main Street".
Because public outreach and involvement were critical to the study, a series of meetings with the Advisory Committee and the general public were held through the course of the study with the objective of having a meaningful dialogue with the people who will be most affected by the changes and opportunities for 125th Street. The Advisory Committee meetings held between April 28th, 2004 and November 15th, 2006 established that dialogue, to be followed by the public dialogue through out the formal public review process for the 125th Street Corridor Rezoning.
Zoning Proposal: Description of the actions comprising the 125th Street Corridor Rezoning.