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Projects & Proposals > Manhattan > East Harlem Printer Friendly Version
East Harlem Rezoning Proposal - Approved!

Objectives | Existing Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review
Proposed Zoning: Changes Affecting Bulk | Changes Affecting Use | Text Amendment
Summary of Changes
Proposed Zoning
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The primary component of the proposal would affect zoning rules governing FAR, building heights, and street walls:

R8A is proposed along Second Avenue and along Third and First avenues in the southern rezoning area. R8A bulk regulations are appropriate because of the width of these streets and their proximity to the subway along Lexington Avenue. The maximum heights permitted in R8A districts are appropriate because they are adjacent to high-rise developments.

C4-4D, a new zoning district, is proposed to replace the existing C4-4 district along Third Avenue between East 115th and East 122nd streets. C4-4D would increase residential FAR on Third Avenue while retaining the commercial FAR currently allowed in C4-4 districts. The existing C4-4 district, an R7-2 equivalent, allows residential FAR of 3.44 (4.0 under the Quality Housing option), community facility FAR of 6.5, and commercial FAR of 3.4.

prototypical r8a or c4-4d bulk diagram on third and second avenues and on a portion of first avenue Maximum building height: 120 feet
Street wall height: 60-85 feet
Maximum residential FAR: 6.0
Maximum community facility FAR: 6.5
Maximum commercial FAR: 3.4 (C4-4D only)
Prototypical R8A or C4-4D building

R7X is proposed along First Avenue between East 114th and East 120th streets. The Department recommends more restrictive bulk regulations along this portion of First Avenue because the midblocks to the east are generally low-scale.

prototypical r7x bulilding diagram Maximum building height: 125 feet
Street wall height: 60-85 feet
Maximum residential FAR: 5.0
Maximum community facility FAR: 5.0
Prototypical R7X building

R7A is proposed to replace existing R7-2 zoning along Pleasant Avenue between East 114th and East 120th streets and for most midblocks. R7A is equivalent to the maximum residential FAR currently allowed on Pleasant Avenue under R7-2 zoning.

The midblocks proposed for R7A are characterized by mid-rise rowhouse buildings interspersed with vacant or underdeveloped sites that are appropriate locations for future residential construction. R7A regulations encourage residential buildings consistent with the scale of neighboring buildings. Along the midblocks, existing zoning allows residential uses at 3.4 FAR and community facility uses at 6.5 FAR. The proposed R7A district would limit both residential and community facility uses to 4.0 FAR.

prototypical r7a bulk diagrams on pleasant avenue
Prototypical R7A building on Pleasant Avenue

prototypical  r7a bulk diagrams on most midblocks
Prototypical R7A building within a midblock

Maximum building height: 80 feet
Street wall height: 40-65 feet
Maximum residential FAR: 4.0
Maximum community facility FAR: 4.0

R7B is proposed for select midblocks to preserve the existing context. The building form required in R7B districts is consistent with the low-rise character of these areas and ensures that future development will be consistent with the existing rowhouses.

prototypical r7b building Maximum building height: 75 feet
Street wall height: 40-60 feet
Maximum residential FAR: 3.0
Maximum community facility FAR: 3.0
Prototypical R7B building


Proposed Zoning: Changes Affecting Bulk | Changes Affecting Use | Text Amendment
Summary of Changes

Objectives | Existing Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review
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