FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2002
Affairs Officer: (212) 720-3471
CITY PLANNING RELEASES HUDSON SQUARE REZONING STUDY
New York City, NY Department of City Planning
Director, Amanda M. Burden, today announced the release
of a study of the Hudson Square neighborhood, called
"Hudson Square Rezoning Study", undertaken
in response to land use changes and increasing development
pressure in the area.
The report analyzes the existing conditions and trends
of zoning, land use, and employment; identifies significant
issues; and presents zoning recommendations for an approximately
34-block area bounded by Avenue of the Americas, between
Canal and Barrow streets to the West Side highway. The
goal of the rezoning proposal is to provide a comprehensive
and balanced land use strategy for the area which is
currently zoned for manufacturing and commercial uses.
The strategy would support and retain existing commercial
and manufacturing uses in the heart of the district
as well as provide opportunities for new housing development
on underutilized and vacant land where there is no longer
a concentration of commercial activity, while preserving
the existing neighborhood character and context.
Amanda M. Burden, Director of City Planning said,
"The strength of New York City lays in the vitality
of its unique and ever-changing neighborhoods. It is
critical to actively plan for a neighborhood's future
growth and development while considering the needs of
all its different land use interests. I am confidant
that this report will help guide the type of balanced
residential and industrial development that will benefit
Hudson Square and the City as a whole."
The heart of the area is characterized by large loft
buildings which at one time contained a concentration
of printing and graphic arts-related firms. Over the
last several years, there has been considerable reinvestment
in these buildings, and a shift in employment and land
uses from printing and manufacturing toward commercial
and office-based uses. At the same time, the area continues
to contain a number of significant industrial uses,
including Federal Express and United Parcel Service
(UPS) distribution facilities. With the planned development
of the Hudson River Park to the west, as well as the
granting of several BSA variances for residential use
at the northern and southern edges of the study, the
broader area is confronting increasing development pressure
and the prospects of significant land use change.
The Department, through the Economic Development Corporation
(EDC), has hired Philip Habib & Associates as consultants
to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Over the next few months, the Department will be discussing
the rezoning proposal with Community Board 2, civic
groups, property owners, and elected officials. As part
of this review, the Department will develop a zoning
map amendment application and, once the Draft EIS is
finalized, initiate the formal public review process
later this year.
About City Planning
The Department of City Planning is responsible for the
City's physical and socioeconomic planning, including
land use and environmental review; preparation of plans
and policies; and provision of technical assistance
and planning information to government agencies, public
officials, and community boards.
Read the full report "Hudson
Square Rezoning Study"
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