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Projects & Proposals > Queens > Long Island City Printer Friendly Version
Long Island City Rezoning:
Executive Summary - updated October 2, 2001
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The Department of City Planning identified central Long Island City as a growth area with significant potential for office, retail and residential development and on July 26, 2001, the City Council adopted the Department's initiative to rezone 37 centrally located blocks in the area. This new zoning will facilitate commercial development at increased densities and allow new residences to mix with commercial and light industrial businesses which are already allowed. The goal of the zoning is to foster reinvestment and redevelopment that takes advantage of Long Island City's excellent mass transit access and its supply of large, underdeveloped properties.

PDF Document The adopted Zoning Text Amendment is in pdf format.

Located in the center of the New York region and five minutes from Midtown Manhattan by subway, Long Island City provides a great opportunity for companies needing reasonably priced office space. The area’s traditional base of industrial and distribution firms has broadened to include offices, services and institutions as the city's economic activity has diversified during the past half-century. In the Long Island City core, the rezoning replaces existing low density light manufacturing zones with higher density, mixed commercial and residential zones to allow as-of-right developments, including office buildings with large, efficient floor plates. The rezoning effort, combined with additional city and state initiatives to develop more attractive streetscapes, renovate subway stops, improve the flow of traffic and provide new targeted tax and economic development incentives, lays a strong foundation to support Long Island City’s continued growth and enhance its distinct sense of place.

The rezoning area is at the eastern end of the Queensboro Bridge, generally between 23rd Street on the west, 41st Avenue on the north and the Sunnyside Yards on the east. Busy transit stops at Court Square and Queens Plaza are hubs within the area. The rezoning adds 34 blocks to a three-block section located at Court Square that was rezoned in 1986 for high density development and facilitated the construction of the Citibank building, a 1.25 million square-foot office tower. The rezoning area forms a compact, pedestrian- and transit-oriented precinct characterized by a mix of industrial, residential and commercial uses. Elevated mass transit and roadway structures traverse the area's streets and blocks, while small landscaped seating areas and a public park near Court Square offer respite to area employees and residents. Several underbuilt sites, containing at least 50,000 square feet of space, provide development opportunities near area subway stations.


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