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Projects & Proposals > Manhattan > Upper West Side Printer Friendly Version
Special Enhanced Commercial District
Upper West Side Neighborhood Retail Streets
- Approved!
Public Review


The Upper West Side Neighborhood Retail Streets proposal began formal public review on January 3, 2012 with the Department of City Planning's certification of the Uniform Land Use Review (ULURP)application (120145 ZMM) and the City Planning Commission’s referral of the associated zoning text amendment (120144 ZRM) to Manhattan Community Board 7.


Milestones Target Dates

Department of City Planning certification

January 3, 2012

Community Board 7 Approval

March 6, 2012

Manhattan Borough President Approval

April 4, 2012

City Planning Commission Hearing

April 11, 2012

City Planning Commission Approval (with modifications*) (PDF Document Read the CPC Reports.)

May 9, 2012

City Council Approval

June 28, 2012 - view the presentation



*City Planning Commission Modifications
On May 9, 2012 the City Planning Commission (CPC) approved the zoning text amendment (N 120145 ZRM) with modifications in response to testimony at its public hearing.  The modifications include: a certification process that would allow existing businesses to apply for an expanded frontage up to 60;’ grandfathering of store frontages so that they could remain permanently at their current sizes; regulations that would allow projects due to complete expansions within 6 months to continue unaffected by the new rules; residential lobby frontages permitted up to 25’ along Amsterdam and Columbus avenues to provide additional flexibility and; other changes including the addition of a community board referral for waivers, the removal of the Chair Certification for landmarked buildings and buildings in historic districts, and miscellaneous clarifications.  The zoning map amendment (C 120145 ZMM) was approved without modification.

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