The Department of City Planning proposes to rezone
all or portions of 13 blocks in the Morrisania section
of Community District 3 in The Bronx. The rezoning
would encourage new residential and economic development;
bring existing residential uses into conformance
with zoning; and stabilize the mixed-use character
of an area that has experienced disinvestment in
past decades. In the Mayor’s Plan for New
York City’s 21st Century Neighborhoods,
Morrisania was highlighted as one of the neighborhoods
where rezoning would be a catalyst for increased
housing development and economic vitality.
The area to be rezoned is generally bounded by
East 168th Street to the north, East 163rd Street
to the south, Washington Avenue to the west and
Third Avenue to the east. This area is currently
zoned for light manufacturing uses (M1-1), except
for one blockfront on Third Avenue now zoned for
residential and local commercial uses (R6/C2-4).
The zoning in the entire area would be changed
to MX (M1-1/R7-2), a special mixed use zoning
district permitting both light industry and moderate-density
housing as well as neighborhood retail and community
facility uses. A text amendment to the Zoning
Resolution (section 123-90) is also proposed to
establish a Special Mixed Use District in Morrisania.
Over the past year, the Department has worked
with Community Board 3, local development groups,
and the Bronx Borough President’s office
on this proposal which may fulfill a major goal
– increased housing production – of
Community Board 3's adopted 197-a plan.
The Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP)
application for the proposed zoning map amendments
(C 030333 ZMX) was certified as complete by the
Department of City Planning on March 3, 2003.
The non-ULURP text amendment (N 030334 ZRX) were
concurrently referred to Community Board 3.
Board 3 held a public hearing and voted to approve
the rezoning proposal without conditions on
29, 2003 by a vote of 21 in favor, 0 opposed
and 0 abstaining. The Borough President of The
held a public hearing on May 29, 2003, and subsequently
submitted his recommendation to the City Planning
Commission approving the proposal. The City Planning
Commission held a public hearing on the applications
on June 18, 2003 and unanimously approved both
applications on July 23, 2003 (read the CPC
map change, zoning
City Council adopted
the proposal on August 19, 2003. See the full
explanation of the ULURP
For more information on the Morrisania Area Rezoning
proposal, contact the Department of City Planning, Bronx Office
at (718) 220-8500.