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Projects & Proposals > Manhattan > Hudson Yards Printer Friendly Version
Hudson Yards - Approved!
Original Proposal as Adopted
Overview | Area | Original Proposal as Adopted | EIS | Follow-Up Actions/Bonus Contributions
Financing | Prior Planning Studies


On November 23, 2004, the City Planning Commission approved the ten ULURP actions for Hudson Yards. On January 19, 2005, the City Council voted to adopt the ULURP applications for the Hudson Yards proposal with several modifications to the zoning map change (040499(A) ZMM) and the zoning text amendment (040500(A) ZRM). View the full ULURP Timeline.


In general, the zoning map change would: rezone an area of West Midtown to C6-6, C6-4, C6-4M, C6-3, C6-3X, C2-8, R8A, C1-7A; establish the Special Hudson Yards District; modify the boundaries of the Special Garment Center District and the Special Midtown District; and eliminate the Special Jacob K. Javits Center Convention District. In general, the Zoning Text Amendment will: establish the Special Hudson Yards District; modify the text of the Special Garment Center District and the Special Clinton District; and eliminate the Special Jacob K. Javits Center Convention District.

The zoning map changes and text amendments will regulate densities and heights that would generally form a “bowl” within the rezoning area. Medium-density contextual districts (C1-7A and R8A) would be located along Ninth Avenue and the midblocks to the west, surrounded by higher density districts (C2-8 and C6-4) to the west along Tenth Avenue, to the south along West 34th Street, to the north along West 42nd Street, and to the east within the Special Garment Center District. The highest densities would be located along Eleventh Avenue and the West 33rd Street superblocks – areas that are closest to the proposed subway stations and farthest from the existing medium density residential area. In many areas, the use, density and bulk controls of the proposed zoning districts would be modified by the regulations of the Special Districts.

Predominantly Commercial Areas
The zoning would facilitate high-density office development primarily along an L-shaped predominantly commercial corridor, running east-west between West 30th and West 33rd streets, above the eastern portion of the MTA’s Caemmerer Yard (Eastern Rail Yard) and right-of-way, and north-south between Tenth and Eleventh avenues West 41st Street, across from the Javits Convention Center. Additionally, predominantly commercial areas would also be located within existing commercial neighborhoods, adjacent to existing or planned public transportation. The allowable density within these areas would be comparable to Midtown to accommodate demand for projected office space.

New development in the predominantly commercial areas would be restricted primarily to commercial use, in order to ensure that new residential development would not reduce the supply of potential land assemblages for large floor-plate office buildings. However, to create a vibrant, 24-hour community, residential and community facility use would be allowed in combination with office development.

Predominantly Residential Areas
Mixed-use residential and commercial districts would be located in areas with existing residential and commercial uses and in areas currently zoned manufacturing to encourage such mixed-use development. The zoning would strengthen these existing neighborhoods by directing compatible, predominantly residential development to these areas, and requiring building bulk envelopes that reinforce each area’s distinctive built character. These areas include Ninth Avenue, Tenth Avenue between West 34th and West 41st Streets; West 34th Street between Eighth and Tenth avenues; West 42nd Street within the Special Clinton District; and Eighth to Ninth avenues within the Special Garment Center District.

Hell’s Kitchen South
The midblocks between Ninth and Tenth avenues, from West 35th to West 40th streets, known as Hell’s Kitchen South, contain a mixture of walk-up tenement and apartment buildings, vacant and parking lots, and access ramps to the Lincoln Tunnel. The proposed zoning would permit medium density residential development with ground floor retail with contextual envelopes. Additional zoning mechanisms would encourage the development of neighborhood open space on new platforms above the Lincoln Tunnel ramps, thereby covering below-grade transportation infrastructure and helping to knit back the neighborhood fabric.

Tenth Avenue Corridor
Tenth Avenue would serve as the transition between Hell’s Kitchen to the east and the new commercial district to the west. Density and bulk would be at appropriate levels to provide this transition, with slightly higher density and building height permitted along the west side of Tenth Avenue. Predominantly residential use would also be permitted along Tenth Avenue and would help to ensure a lively 24-hour community to the west.

West 34th Street and West 42nd Street (Special Clinton District Perimeter Area)
The high density, mixed use character of West 34th Street and West 42nd Street would be reinforced by the proposed zoning, with higher densities permitted adjacent to existing and new public transportation.

Garment Center, western blocks
In recognition of development opportunities within the Special Garment Center District between Eighth and Ninth avenues, the rezoning would allow new high density residential and commercial development on predominantly vacant sites, and limited residential and commercial conversions of existing buildings. The existing regulations that preserve garment-related uses would be retained for the area’s larger (70,000 square feet and above) buildings. Envelope controls for new development would ensure consistency with the Garment Center’s distinctive built form of high streetwall loft buildings. The northern-most block within the Special Garment Center District, located between West 39th and 40th streets and containing minimal garment-related uses, would be rezoned for high density commercial development, removed from the Special Garment Center District and incorporated into the Special Hudson Yards District.

View a PDF Document graphical presentation (830 kb) of the actions listed below:

Site selection and acquisition of Manhattan Block 675 (West 29th to West 30th streets and Eleventh to Twelfth avenues) would allow for construction of a new below-grade municipal facility to accommodate one or more of the following uses: a Police Department violation tow pound, a Department of Sanitation (DSNY) garage for District 2, and/or garage for DSNY District 5. This facility would allow for the relocation of these uses from within the Hudson River Park.

Site selection and acquisition of property would allow for new below-grade public parking garage between West 34th and West 36th streets between Tenth and Eleventh avenues. The proposed public parking garage would accommodate potential parking demand generated by new commercial and residential development on sites where below-grade parking would be infeasible.

These applications seek acquisition of easements and property for: a pedestrian bridge connecting the proposed park on West 42nd Street with the proposed park on West 39th Street; the construction of the extension of the No. 7 Subway line on behalf of the MTA; and the Eastern Rail Yard to facilitate commercial, residential, cultural, and open space uses on the site.

Disposition of city-owned property not fully used for public parking garage, parks, or streets; disposition of area beneath midblock park and boulevard for public parking garage; disposition of properties not fully used for the No. 7 Subway extension; disposition of Eastern Rail Yard; disposition of Block 685 Lot 38.

CITY MAP CHANGE (040507 MMM) (040508 MMM)
These applications seek to establish a network of new parks in the area and Hudson Boulevard, a north – south street couplet between Tenth and Eleventh avenues. Much of the park and Hudson Boulevard would be above a lower limiting plane due to subsurface conditions under the park and boulevard. The linear park would extend from West 33rd to West 39th Street. A full-block park would also be mapped from West 29th to West 30th streets between Eleventh and Twelfth avenues. Hudson Boulevard “East” would run northbound from West 33rd Street to West 38th Street and Hudson Boulevard "West" southbound from West 38th Street to West 35th Street.

Overview | Area | Original Proposal as Adopted | EIS | Follow-Up Actions | Financing | Prior Planning Studies

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