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

  Update October 27, 2010:
On October 27, 2010 the City Council adopted the Third Avenue Corridor Rezoning. View the PDF Document adopted text amendment. The zoning map and text changes are now in effect.

The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) is proposing zoning changes for all or portions of eight blocks in the East Village neighborhood in Manhattan, Community District 3.  The proposed rezoning area is generally bounded by East 13th Street to the north, Fourth Avenue to the west, East 9th Street to the south, and Third Avenue to the east.  The Department's rezoning presents a planning framework that responds to community concerns relating to recently constructed and potential future out-of-scale development. The rezoning strategy balances neighborhood preservation with modest growth within the corridor.  Through zoning text and zoning map amendments, the Department's proposal would:
Encourage new development to reflect existing neighborhood character and scale – by using a contextual zoning district designation that more closely reflects the area’s built character; and

Create opportunities for new housing and more affordable housing – by allowing increases in density in conjunction with an inclusionary housing bonus.
To achieve these goals, the Department proposes the following actions:
  • A Zoning Map Amendment to replace the existing C6-1 zoning district with a contextual C6-2A zoning district, which would establish maximum allowable building heights and required streetwalls to reflect the overall built character of the neighborhood and surrounding area.

  • A Zoning Text Amendment to allow the use of the Inclusionary Housing bonus in the proposed C6-2A zoning district, providing opportunities for the development of affordable housing, by allowing a higher residential density in exchange for the development of permanently affordable housing.
The proposal is the result of a collaborative effort with Community Board 3, local elected officials, and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.  It fosters Mayor Bloomberg’s sustainable planning goals by promoting the preservation of neighborhoods with special character while also providing opportunities for modest growth and affordable housing along wide corridors well served by mass transit.

Fourth Avenue, view to the north
Fourth Avenue, Existing Context (view to the north)
Fourth Avenue, view to the south
Fourth Avenue, Existing Context (view to the south)

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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