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Projects & Proposals > Manhattan > North Tribeca Printer Friendly Version
North Tribeca Rezoning - Approved!
Overview | Existing Context & Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

  Update October 13, 2010:
On October 13, 2010, the City Council adopted the North Tribeca Rezoning. View the PDF Document adopted text amendment. The zoning map and text changes are now in effect.

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The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) is proposing zoning changes for all or portions of approximately 25 blocks in the Northern Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan, Community District 1.  The proposed rezoning area is generally bounded by Canal Street to the north, West Street to the west, N. Moore, Beach, and Walker streets to the south, and Broadway to the east.  The Department's rezoning presents a planning framework that responds to community concerns that the existing manufacturing zoning does not reflect the increasingly residential character of the neighborhood. Furthermore, while many developments have been modestly scaled, the existing zoning does not have any bulk envelope restrictions, and new developments could threaten to erode the established built character. Through zoning text and zoning map amendments, the Department's proposal would:
  • Encourage new development to reflect existing neighborhood character and scale by establishing contextual zoning districts with unique floor area ratios and bulk envelopes;

  • Provide opportunities for housing through residential conversions, in-fill residential       development, and incentives for affordable housing; and to

  • Provide for a diversity of uses in the area by allowing specific light manufacturing uses and restricting the size of retail establishments.

To achieve these goals, the Department proposes the following actions:

  • A Zoning Map Amendment to replace the existing M1-5 zoning district with a contextual C6-2A zoning district.

  • A Zoning Text Amendment to establish new subareas in the Special Tribeca Mixed Use District each with distinct bulk envelopes and floor area ratios, to allow the use of the Inclusionary Housing bonus in a subarea which provides opportunities for the development of affordable housing, to restrict retail and hotel sizes, and to clarify regulations on residential conversions of existing non-residential buildings.

The proposal is the result of a collaborative process with Community Board 1 and local officials and fosters Mayor Bloomberg’s sustainable planning goals by promoting the preservation of neighborhoods character while also providing opportunities for modest growth and affordable housing along wide corridors well served by mass transit.

North side of Beach Street
North side of Beach Street
Residential Conversions on the north side of Laight Street
Residential Conversions on the north side of Laight Street
Large former warehouse building on east side of Greenwich Street
Large former warehouse building on east side of Greenwich Street


Brief explanations of terms in green italics can be viewed by clicking on the term. Words and phrases followed by an asterisk (*) are defined terms in the Zoning Resolution, primarily in Section 12-10. Consult the Zoning Resolution for the official and legally binding definitions of these words and phrases.
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