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

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

Existing Zoning
Frederick Douglass Blvd. existing zoning map
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Most of the rezoning area is within an R7-2 district, which allows a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 3.44 for residential uses and 6.5 for community facility uses such as schools, hospitals and houses of worship. On wide streets (75 feet or greater in width), residential buildings developed under the Quality Housing program are allowed up to 4.0 FAR. R8 districts are mapped opposite Morningside and Central parks and allow residential uses up to 6.02 FAR and community facility uses up to 6.5 FAR. Under the Quality Housing option, on wide streets residential development is permitted up to 7.2 FAR.

Within the rezoning area, a C4-4 general commercial district is mapped on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and St. Nicholas Avenue, between West 122nd and West 124th streets. This district fosters regional shopping activity with a wide range of commercial uses. C4-4, an R7-2 residential equivalent, allows 3.44 FAR for residential uses, 6.5 FAR for community facility uses and 3.4 FAR for commercial uses. One off-street parking space per 1,000 square feet of floor area for most retail uses is required in C4-4 districts, however parking requirements are waived if less than 40 parking spaces are required.

The rezoning area also contains a single block zoned C1-9. The block, bounded by Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Manhattan Avenue, West 110th and West 111th streets is a non-contextual commercial district that allows local retail uses and high-density residential development. In C1-9 districts, commercial development is allowed up to 2.0 FAR and residential and community facility development is allowed up to 10.0 FAR (12 FAR with the inclusionary housing bonus). Residential buildings may be constructed as a tower-on-a-base, which provides street wall continuity along the street line at the building’s base. Parking is required for 40 percent of the residential units. The C1-9 district was mapped to facilitate Towers on the Park, a residential development with buildings ranging from 10 to 20 stories.

Neighborhood commercial uses are facilitated by C1-4 and C2-4 commercial overlays. These overlays are on major avenues and wide cross streets. As local service districts, C2-4 overlays allow a wider range of commercial uses than those allowed in C1-4 districts. Both C1-4 and C2-4 districts require one parking space per 1,000 square feet of commercial use, which can be waived if less than 40 parking spaces are required.

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

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