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Greenpoint-Williamsburg - Approved!
Planning Framework - Residential Growth
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Planning Framework:
Existing Zoning
Decline in Industrial Activity
• Residential Growth
Land Use Framework

During the early development of Greenpoint-Williamsburg, before the advent of zoning, housing was built in clusters or sometimes interspersed with factories. Some areas, including the center of Northside and along Franklin Street in Greenpoint, were primarily residential then, and remain primarily residential today.

Elsewhere, older residential buildings are located in areas currently zoned for industrial or automotive use -- such as along Berry Street, Wythe Avenue, and Grand Street in Williamsburg, and Calyer and Clay Streets in Greenpoint. Although these buildings contribute to the area’s enduring mixed-use character, existing zoning does not permit new residential uses or the reactivation of residential buildings that have been vacant for more than two years.

With the conversion of loft buildings to residential use in recent years, new residential uses have been emerging within industrially zoned areas. Though many of the conversions occurred illegally, they have nonetheless activated the once-vacant upper floors of many older loft buildings. The animated graphic of residential growth in Williamsburg (below), and the map of residential growth throughout the rezoning study area (above-right), show the extent to which residential use has spread from the traditional core of Williamsburg and Greenpoint onto virtually every block of adjoining areas. These surrounding areas contain a varied mix of older residential buildings, loft conversions, and industrial and commercial uses, a pattern best suited to the mixed use zoning proposed in the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning.

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