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Projects & Proposals > Bronx > Hunts Point Printer Friendly Version
The Special Hunts Point District - Approved!
Public Review
Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Actions | Public Review

On January 7, 2008, the Department of City Planning certified the Uniform Land Use Review (ULURP) application (C 080248 ZMX) and referred the related non-ULURP text change application (N 080247 ZRX), for the Hunts Point rezoning to begin the formal public review process.


Milestone

Date

 Department of City Planning certification / referral

  January 7, 2008
 Community Board 2 Approval  February 27, 2008
 Borough President Approval with conditions  April 1, 2008
 City Planning Commission Hearing  April 9, 2008

 City Planning Commission Approval with modifications*
(Read the CPC Reports)

 May 21, 2008
 City Council Hearing  June17, 2008.
 City Council Approval with modifications **  July 23, 2008


*CPC Modifications

On May 21, 2008, the City Planning Commission approved the actions with the following modifications to the Special Hunts Point District: To avoid the development of big-box retail stores that would generate traffic through the residential community, the Commission modified the text change by reducing the area where Use Group 10A uses (variety stores; department stores; clothing or clothing accessory stores; carpet, rug, linoleum or other floor covering store; dry goods or fabric stores; furniture stores; and television, radio, phonograph or household appliance stores) could locate as-of-right regardless of size, to within 500 feet of Garrison Avenue within the Residential Buffer Subdistrict. Elsewhere within the Residential Buffer Subdistrict, the underlying special permit provision for Use Group 10A retail uses greater than 10,000 SF would remain in effect.

Since hotels and motels are allowed as of right in M1 districts, the rezoning from M2-1 and M3-1 to M1-2 would expand the area in Hunts Point where hotels and motels would be allowed to locate as of right. It was not the Department’s intent as part of the Hunts Point proposal, to expand the locations in Hunts Point where hotels could locate. Therefore, the Commission modified the proposed Special District text to prohibit hotels and motels within the areas that would be rezoned from M2-1 and M3-1. These areas are generally bounded by:

  • Worthen Street to the north and east, Casanova Street to the east, mid-block parallel to Oak Point Avenue between Oak Point Avenue and Randall Avenue to the north, Longfellow Avenue to the east, Oak Point Avenue to the south, Oak Point Rail Yard to the west, Leggett Avenue to the south and Bruckner Boulevard to the west.

  • East Bay Avenue to the north, Halleck Street to the east, Ryawa Avenue to the south, and Whittier Street to the west.

  • Longfellow Avenue to the west, Bruckner Boulevard to the north, Bronx River to the east, Edgewater Road to the east, Whittier Street to the east as shown on the map, and Lafayette Avenue to the south.



  • **CC Modifications

    On July 23, 2008, the City Council approved the actions with further modifications to the proposal. The City Council modified Section 108-12 of the special district text to add a cap of 40,000 sq. ft. to certain Use Group 10A uses within 500 feet of Garrison Avenue within the Residential Buffer subdistrict. Within this area of the subdistrict, stores greater than 40,000 sq. ft would require a special permit. Elsewhere in M1 zoning districts, these 10A stores require a special permit if they are greater than 10,000 sq. ft. Use Group 10A uses affected by the change include variety stores; department stores; clothing or clothing accessory stores; carpet, rug, linoleum or other floor covering store; dry goods or fabric stores; furniture stores; and television, radio, phonograph or household appliance stores.



    For more information on the Special Hunts Point District and related land-use actions, contact the Bronx Office of the Department of City Planning at (718) 220-8500.


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