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Midwood Rezoning - Approved!
Existing Zoning and Context
Overview | Existing Zoning and Context | Proposed Zoning

Housing in the study area is mostly low-rise and low- density, primarily two- and three-story detached and semi-detached houses, as well as attached row houses on some blocks.  Apartment buildings, generally four to eight stories, are clustered along Avenue K, Ocean Avenue, Kings Highway and parts of Avenue N. The scale of some recent construction is out of character with the surrounding built context.

Out of Context Construction
East 14th Street
East 14th Street
Avenue O
Avenue O
Avenue P
Avenue P

Midwood Existing Zoning Mao
Existing Zoning, Building Configuration and Land Use Map
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Most of the rezoning area is zoned R6, a residential district with a maximum residential floor area ratio (FAR) of 2.43 and community facility FAR of 4.8. R6 is a non-contextual district with no specific height limits. Many of the buildings constructed recently in the neighborhood include both residential and community facility uses, enabling them to exceed the permitted residential FAR.

A C4-3 district, located on Avenue J between Coney Island Avenue and East 16th Street, allows commercial buildings containing retail and office uses of up to 3.4 FAR and residential buildings with a maximum FAR of 2.43. Maximum community facility FAR is 4.8 and there is no specific height limit.

Three areas on Coney Island Avenue between Avenue L and Avenue P are zoned C8-2. The C8-2 district allows commercial buildings of up to 2.0 FAR and community facility buildings of up to 4.8 FAR with no set height limit.  The C8-2 zoning allows a variety of retail and service uses as well as automotive service facilities, lumber yards and other heavy commercial uses. Residences are not permitted in C8 districts.

C2-3 commercial overlays, allowing local commercial uses, are located along much of the Avenue M commercial corridor between Coney Island and Ocean avenues.  The C2 district allows a broad range of service uses including small appliance repair and upholstery shops. In C2 overlays within R6 districts commercial uses have a maximum FAR of 2.0 but are limited to ground floor locations in mixed residential/commercial buildings.

Overview | Existing Zoning and Context | Proposed Zoning

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