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Projects & Proposals > Bronx > East Fordham Road Printer Friendly Version
East Fordham Road Rezoning - Approved!
Proposed Zoning
Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

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Proposed Zonng Map
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The proposed actions would affect approximately 154 lots on 12 blocks.  The proposed rezoning would replace all or portions of C8-1, R6, R6/C2-3 and R6/C2-4 zoning districts with C4-5D, R6 and R6B zoning districts.  This will facilitate new opportunities for commercial and community facility development. It will also create a consistent street wall and building form which is currently lacking. The proposal would designate the C4-5D with the Inclusionary Housing Program incentivizing permanently affordable housing. The proposed zoning would also map an R6B zoning district along East 191st Street. This contextual district would protect neighborhood character and provide predictability for future development reflecting the built context of the area.  An R6 zoning district would be mapped between Cambreleng Avenue and Crotona Avenue to reflect the residential character of the area.  Lastly new commercial overlays are proposed along Arthur Avenue north of East 187th Street to reinforce the existing commercial character and create retail continuity along Arthur Avenue between the commercial core of Belmont and East Fordham Road.

PDF Document View the adopted zoning text - adopted on October 9, 2013.
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Proposed C4-5D
Existing C8-1, R6, R6/C2-3, R6/C2-4

C4-5D is proposed for 12 partial blocks along East Fordham Road between Bathgate Avenue and Southern Boulevard.  East Fordham Road is a wide street that is well served by mass transit making this an appropriate location for increased bulk and density. The C4-5D will provide opportunities for additional commercial and community facility development and provide new opportunities for housing development including affordable housing.  Additional requirements will unify this stretch of the corridor and significantly enhance the streetscape.

C4-5D is a medium density commercial district with a base FAR of up to 4.2 for all permitted uses. The C4-5D would be subject to the provisions of the Inclusionary Housing Program, where developers could receive a 33% floor area bonus, allowing a total of up to 5.6 FAR, if 20% of the floor area is developed as affordable housing. New structures in C4-5D districts are required to line up with adjacent structures to maintain the street wall. Above a base height of 60 to 85 feet, the building must set back to a depth of 10 feet on a wide street and 15 feet on a narrow street before rising to its maximum height of 100 feet. Active ground floor uses are required, and fifty percent of the building frontage on the ground floor between a height of 2 and 12 feet above curb level is required to be glazed with transparent materials that will enhance the pedestrian experience

Proposed C4-5D: East Fordham Road and Southern Boulevard
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Proposed C4-5D: East Fordham Road and Lorillard Place
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Proposed R6B
Existing R6

East 191st Street and Hughes Avenue
East 191st Street and Hughes Avenue  
An R6B district is proposed for 4 partial blocks along East 191st Street between Bathgate Avenue and Belmont Avenue.  This area is characterized by 2-3 story row houses and small apartment buildings.

R6B zoning districts allow a maximum FAR of 2.0 for all permitted uses and limits street wall heights to 40 feet and overall building heights to 50 feet.  New development in the proposed R6B district would be required to line up with adjacent structures to maintain the existing street wall characteristics.  New multifamily residences in R6B districts must provide one off-street parking space for 50 percent of the dwelling units.  This parking requirement is waived if five or fewer spaces are required. Non-residential parking requirements of one space per 1,000 square feet of commercial area are waived when fewer than 25 spaces are required. The proposed R6B would reflect the existing built context in this location and ensure that future development is appropriately scaled.

Proposed R6
Existing C8-1
Apartment buildings on Beaumont Avenue & East 189th Street
Apartment buildings on Beaumont Avenue & East 189th Street
An R6 district is proposed for a partial block on East 189th Street between Cambreleng Avenue and Beaumont Avenue. This area is characterized by a mix of 4-6 story apartment buildings and row houses.

R6 is a height factor district where residential and community facility uses are regulated by the sky exposure plane.  R6 districts typically result in developments between three and twelve stories. Residential FAR ranges from 0.78 to 2.43, with the higher ratio applicable to buildings that provide more open space. Community facility FAR is 4.8. Residential development under the Quality Housing Program within an R6 District has a maximum FAR of 2.2 on narrow streets (defined as less than 75 feet wide) with a 55-foot building height limit and a maximum of 3.0 FAR on wide streets (defined as 75 feet wide or greater) with a height limit of 70 feet. Off-street parking is required for 70% of the dwelling units. This requirement is lowered to 50% of the units if the lot area is less than 10,000 square feet or if Quality Housing provisions are used.  If fewer than five spaces are required, then the off-street parking requirement is waived.

Commercial Overlays
Multifamily Building with ground floor retail Arthur Avenue & East 189th Street
Multi-family Building with ground
floor retail Arthur Avenue & East 189th Street
The proposed rezoning would map new C2‐4 overlays along Arthur Avenue from East 187th  Street to East Fordham Road. C2-4 overlays allow Use Groups 1-9 and 14 which include uses such as grocery stores, restaurants, repair shops and funeral parlors. It would require one accessory space per 1,000 square feet for all types of commercial uses and are waived when the total number of spaces required is less than 40.

Currently no commercial overlays are mapped along Arthur Avenue from East 187th  Street to East Fordham Road. The commercial properties south of East 187th Street have a commercial overlay which allows these businesses to expand and modernize within the maximum permitted commercial FAR. New C2-4 overlays are proposed to reflect the existing commercial character and to facilitate expansion of existing commercial properties where appropriate.

Proposed Zoning Text Amendments - Inclusionary Housing Program

The Inclusionary Housing Program (IHP) would be made applicable to the entire proposed C4-5D zoning district to encourage and to establish incentives for the creation and preservation of affordable housing in conjunction with new development.

In the proposed C4-5D where the IHP would be applicable, new residential developments that provide on- or off- site housing that will remain permanently affordable for low- and moderate-income families would receive increased floor area. The IHP provides 33% bonus in exchange for 20% of floor area set aside as affordable units. The additional floor area must be accommodated within the bulk regulations of the underlying zoning district. Affordable units could be financed through city, state, and federal affordable housing subsidy programs. Within the proposed rezoning area, portions of approximately five blocks would be subject to the IHP.

The affordable housing requirement of the Inclusionary Housing zoning bonus could be met through the development of affordable units, on-site, or off-site either through new construction or preservation of existing affordable units. Off-site affordable units must be located within the same community district, within a half-mile of the bonused development or anywhere within Community District 6. The availability of on-site and off-site options provides maximum flexibility to ensure the broadest possible utilization of the program under various market conditions.

Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

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