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Projects & Proposals > Brooklyn > Bensonhurst Printer Friendly Version
Bensonhurst - Approved!
Existing Context and Zoning
Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning

Existing Context and Zoning
Bensonhurst Existing Zoning Map
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Most of the narrow side streets and midblocks in the Bensonhurst rezoning area are lined with two- and three-story houses, detached or semi-detached homes for one or two families. Only some of the wide avenues are characterized by taller, bulkier apartment buildings and commercial uses. Yet the two zoning districts mapped throughout the area, R6 and R5, do not make these distinctions, permitting instead all housing types, including multifamily housing.

North of Kings Highway, an R6 residential district permits construction of tall towers on large lots under the standard 1961 height factor regulations, which have no height limits and a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 2.43 for residential buildings. The optional Quality Housing program permits an FAR of 2.2 on narrow streets and 3.0 on wide streets, but limits building heights to 55 feet and 70 feet, respectively. Under R6 regulations, community facility buildings (such as hospitals, schools, houses of worship and medical offices) and mixed residential/community facility buildings can achieve an FAR of up to 4.8. Many of the out-of-scale buildings constructed recently in the neighborhood include both residential and community facility uses and, as a result, are much bulkier and taller than surrounding buildings.



2469 65th Street - out of character development in proposed R4-1 1460 West 5th Street - out of character development in proposed R5B 1633 West 6th Street - out of character development in proposed R5B
2469 65th Street - out of character development in proposed R4-1 1460 West 5th Street - out of character development in proposed R5B 1633 West 6th Street - out of character development in proposed R5B


South of Kings Highway, R5 is the predominant zoning district. R5 is a residential zoning district with a 40-foot height limit and a maximum standard FAR of 1.25. R5 regulations allow an FAR of 1.65 in blocks that are mostly built up to encourage infill construction, but any such building cannot exceed a height of 33 feet and must have an 18-foot front yard.

A C4-3 commercial zoning district is located on Bay Parkway between Avenue O and 65th Street. The C4-3 district regulations permit commercial buildings with a maximum FAR of 2.0, residential and mixed commercial/residential buildings up to 2.43 using standard height factor regulations and 3.0 using the optional Quality Housing regulations. Community facility and mixed residential/community facility buildings can achieve an FAR of up to 4.8 with no height limit.

C1 and C2 commercial overlays are mapped within the R5 and R6 residential districts on a number of the major east-west thoroughfares. The predominant C1 commercial overlay allows the local retail and service shops needed in residential neighborhoods. C2 overlays, which permit a slightly broader range of service uses including small appliance repair and upholstery shops, are mapped along Kings Highway near McDonald Avenue and on Avenue U near Stillwell Avenue.



Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning



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