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Projects & Proposals > Manhattan > Frederick Douglass Boulevard Printer Friendly Version
Frederick Douglass Boulevard Rezoning Proposal - Approved!
REZONING OBJECTIVES


Objectives | Existing Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Land Use Map | Public Review

The Department of City Planning is proposing a zoning map amendment that would affect 44 blocks in south-central Harlem. It is the first comprehensive revision of south-central Harlem zoning since the last major revision of the Zoning Resolution in 1961.

The area to be rezoned is generally bounded by Central Park North, West 124th Street, Morningside Avenue and a point 100 feet west of Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard in Manhattan’s Community Districts 9 and 10. Most of the area is now zoned R7-2 and R8, medium-density residential districts, and is characterized by five- to eight-story residential buildings along the avenues and three- to five-story rowhouses on the mid-blocks.

The Department’s proposed zoning strategy, which balances growth and preservation in south-central Harlem’s residential core, would:

  • Foster new opportunities for residential development. To help address Harlem's growing need for new housing, the rezoning proposal calls for modest increases in residential density on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and on most mid-blocks.

  • Promote building forms that are more compatible with the existing urban fabric. South-central Harlem’s R7-2 and R8 districts are governed by ‘height factor’ regulations which encourage development of tall towers set back from the street, a building form inconsistent with the prevailing low- to mid-rise character of the area. Residential avenues and mid-blocks in the area are typified by rowhouses with consistent streetwalls and cornice lines. To preserve these blockfronts, the proposal calls for contextual zoning districts that would mandate new buildings of comparable scale and height.

  • Expand opportunities for new ground floor commercial uses. New small businesses and stores are opening throughout south-central Harlem to support a growing community. In support of this trend, the proposal would map new commercial overlays along West 116th Street, to provide new opportunities for ground floor retail development.

Brownstone Lane (the brown buildings in the photo that abut NoHa at West 119th Street) completely redeveloped the mid-block and was also facilitated by the FDB rezoning.
Brownstone Lane (the brown buildings in the photo that abut NoHa at West 119th Street) completely redeveloped the mid-block and was also facilitated by the FDB rezoning.

photo of vacant site located at West 118th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Vacant site, at West 118th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd, would be rezoned from R7-2 to R8A to enhance its development potential

photo of the Triangle Building
The Triangle Building, Frederick Douglass Blvd. and St. Nicholas Ave.
(photo courtesy of HPD)

photo of vacant site located at West 118th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Vacant site, at West 118th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd, would be rezoned from R7-2 to R8A to enhance its development potential

photo of Morningside Ave. between West 122nd and West 123rd Streets
The rezoning proposal would preserve areas with strong built contexts like this block on Morningside Ave between West 122nd and West 123rd streets



Objectives | Existing Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Land Use Map | Public Review

Brief explanations of terms in green italics can be viewed by clicking on the term. Words and phrases followed by an asterisk (*) are defined terms in the Zoning Resolution, primarily in Section 12-10. Consult the Zoning Resolution for the official and legally binding definitions of these words and phrases.

 

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