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

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



Intersection of Third Avenue and Tremont Avenue, looking east down Tremont Avenue.
Intersection of Third Avenue and Tremont Avenue, looking east down Tremont Avenue.

The Department of City Planning proposes to amend the Zoning Map on all or portions of seventy-five blocks along the Third Avenue and Tremont Avenue corridors, Bronx Community District 6, to provide opportunities for new residential and commercial development in the “heart of the Bronx.”  In addition to the rezoning, DCP would amend the Zoning Resolution to create mixed-use (MX) district for this area and apply the Inclusionary Housing Program to certain zoning districts to incentivize development of affordable housing in Bronx Community District 6.

The study area consists of two distinct but intersecting corridors, the Third Avenue corridor from Fordham Plaza in the north to the Cross-Bronx Expressway to the south, and the Tremont Avenue corridor from Webster Avenue in the west to Daly Avenue in the east.  The existing zoning has been in place since 1961 and is outmoded since the elevated train which ran along Third Avenue was removed in 1973. In addition, a residential area to the west of Third Avenue is proposed to be rezoned to establish height limits and tailor the zoning to the existing built character of the neighborhood streets.

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Study Area
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The rezoning’s main goals are to strengthen Third Avenue and Tremont Avenue as major corridors that will promote a healthy mix of uses including affordable housing, retail, and commercial while preserving the surrounding neighborhood character.

  • Expand development potential along Third Ave and Tremont Ave corridors; 
  • Create new opportunities for housing and private investment;
  • Retain viable light manufacturing and auto-related uses and create jobs;
  • Incentivize permanently affordable housing;
  • Knit together the neighborhoods of Tremont, Belmont, Fordham, and Bathgate;
  • Provide support for major institutions – St. Barnabas Hospital;
  • Unify urban design and preserve neighborhood character by imposing height limits.
The proposed actions would create opportunities for housing and commercial uses along Third Avenue in height-limited buildings; in limited areas of Third Avenue, light industrial uses would also be permitted.  The proposed actions would increase the commercial and residential potential along Tremont Avenue in height-limited buildings.  Maximum heights range from 80’ to 125’ in select locations near Fordham Plaza, Tremont Park, and Metro-North stations.  Incentives to develop affordable housing would also be introduced through the Inclusionary Housing Program.  The rezoning would protect the neighborhood character between Third Avenue and Park Avenue from out-of-scale development by mapping contextual zoning districts that more closely reflect the scale and form of existing buildings and set building height limits.

Low scale industrial development, underutilized lots, and parking lots are byproducts of the zoning created for the elevated train along Third Avenue which was removed in 1973.   Zoning along Tremont Avenue offers only limited commercial opportunities.

Low scale industrial development, underutilized lots, and parking lots are byproducts of the zoning created for the elevated train along Third Avenue which was removed in 1973.

 

Zoning along Tremont Avenue offers only limited commercial opportunities.

     
An Out-of-Scale thirteen story building in an R7 district along Washington Avenue.
An Out-of-Scale thirteen story building in an R7 district along Washington Avenue.








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