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Projects & Proposals > Queens > Long Island City Printer Friendly Version
Long Island City Rezoning:
Executive Summary - updated October 2, 2001

The subdistricts provisions were developed around the following principles:
  • Mixed-use Development. Light manufacturing and other industrial uses, as well as commercial, residential, and community facility uses, are generally allowed as-of-right. These provisions reflect the rezoning area’s mixed-use character and facilitate 24-hour activities.

  • Strong Relationship between Density and Transit. A high-density, 12.0 FAR district encompassess blocks at Queens Plaza and Court Square, the subdistrict’s two largest subway stations. Most of these blocks are characterized by large vacant or underused sites. An 8.0 FAR district includes blocks characterized by large, bulky loft buildings along Queens Plaza, portions of the Sunnyside Yard, and the 23rd Street El; and a 5.0 FAR district is located on blocks characterized by small row houses and factories or located next to existing low-scale neighborhoods.

  • Variety of Building Types. The subdistrict’s proposed height and setback provisions allow towers in the 12 FAR districts and high lot coverage, street wall buildings in the 5.0 and 8.0 FAR districts to ensure a continued diversity of building types and help to ensure a continued mixed-use development pattern.

  • Active Ground Floors. Glazing and non-residential uses are mandatory on the ground floor of most developments, thereby contributing to a lively, pedestrian-oriented environment.

  • New Open Space. Sidewalk widenings are mandatory on blocks at Queens Plaza and additional open space may be provided on two blocks near the Hunter’s Point and Dutch Kills mixed-use communities through a City Planning Commission special permit provision that would allow additional floor area on those blocks.

Office Towers
an office tower an office tower

Loft Buidings
an industrial loft an industrial loft

Mixed-use Small Scale Development
typical area of mixed use development typical area of mixed use development

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