As a result of discussions with community stakeholders, led by the Community Board and with the support of elected officials, the Department of City Planning agreed to analyze an Alternative Action proposal as a part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), and on May 2, 2008, the Department issued a Notice of Completion (NOC) for the DEIS.
On August 13, 2008, a public hearing was held for both the DEIS and ULURP applications. Comments were accepted at the hearing and for ten days following the hearing, until August 25th, 2008. All relevant comments were incorporated into the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and a Notice of Completion for the FEIS was issued on September 26, 2008.
Responding directly to community concerns over the extent of the proposed applicability of the Inclusionary Housing Program, and in order to further the City’s stated goal of addressing the ongoing need for housing, including affordable housing, the Alternative Action proposal examines additional and expanded use of the program in selected areas. While the Alternative Action is identical to the Proposed Action in many respects, and adheres to the framework principles stated above, it differs in two ways, by proposing:
- To apply the Inclusionary Housing Program to the proposed R7A districts, limited to the wide streets north of East Houston Street (Second Avenue, First Avenue, Avenue A and Avenue C), and
- In place of the proposed C6-2A district, on the west side of Chrystie Street, to apply a C6-3A district with Inclusionary Housing.
|R7A* with Inclusionary Housing
|An R7A district, where the Inclusionary Housing Program is applicable, is proposed along the wide streets north of Houston Street, where the Department’s rezoning currently proposes R7A districts. The affected areas include: Second Avenue, First Avenue, Avenue A and Avenue C.
The R7A district with Inclusionary Housing permits community facility uses at an FAR of 4.0, as in the Department’s proposal. In conjunction with a proposed zoning text amendment which would apply the program to the proposed areas, these R7A districts would permit a maximum FAR of 4.6 for residential use, if affordable housing units were provided. For residential development that does not include any affordable housing units, the maximum FAR would be limited to 3.45.
The building height and street wall requirements for the R7A districts as analyzed in this Alternative would remain the same as those established by the R7A district as originally proposed. Overall building heights would be limited to 80 feet, after a setback over a street wall base between 40 and 65 feet high. In keeping with the proposal framework by addressing neighborhood character, these bulk regulations would ensure that new development reflects the consistent, low- to mid-rise character found throughout the area.
Proposed R7A District
(total floor area must be developed in accordance with height and setback requirements as illustrated
Base Res. FAR: 3.45
Maximum FAR: 4.6
40’-65’ Base, 80’ Max. Height
|C6-3A* with Inclusionary Housing
|A C6-3A district, that would allow the Inclusionary Housing Program , is proposed in an area limited to the west side of Chrystie Street, where the Department’s rezoning currently proposes a C6-2A district.
The C6-3A district with Inclusionary Housing permits community facility uses at an FAR of 7.5 and commercial uses at an FAR of 6.0. In conjunction with a proposed zoning text amendment which would apply the program to the proposed area, this C6-3A district would permit a maximum FAR of 8.5 for residential use, if affordable housing units were provided. For residential development that does not include any affordable housing units, the maximum FAR would be limited to 6.5.
C6-3A is a contextual district that requires a street wall between 60 and 102 feet on wide streets (60 to 95 feet on narrow streets) and limits building height to 145 feet (135 feet on narrow streets). These contextual building envelope regulations would apply to all types of development, regardless of use or density.
Base Res. FAR: 6.5
Proposed C6-3A District
(total floor area must be developed in accordance with height and setback requirements as illustrated)
Maximum FAR: 8.5
60’-102’ Base, 145’ Max. Height
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