The Department of City Planning proposes to rezone all or parts of 134 blocks in the northeastern Bronx neighborhoods of Wakefield and Eastchester in Bronx Community District 12 in an area generally bounded by Carpenter Avenue on the west, East 233rd Street to the south, the Dyre Avenue subway right-of-way / Provost Avenue to the east, and the boundary line between New York and Mount Vernon on the north. The proposal includes changing existing zoning to contextual R5A, R4A and R4-1 districts over most of the rezoning area. Additionally, fourteen block fronts along White Plains Road would be rezoned to R6 in order to encourage higher-density residential and mixed-use development. Existing commercial overlays along White Plains Road would be changed to better reflect existing patterns of land use. Portions of four blocks in the Eastchester neighborhood which are presently zoned for light industrial use but are mostly residential would be rezoned to an R4 district. The proposed actions address out-of-character development in the Wakefield and Eastchester neighborhoods in order to protect existing neighborhood character, and to allow for new development along White Plains Road.
The rezoning study was undertaken at the request of the Wakefield Taxpayers' and Civic League, and Community Board 12
Wakefield and Eastchester are two former villages in what was once part of Westchester County. White Plains Road, historically the Wakefield Village center, continues to be a major commercial and transportation corridor providing subway service into Manhattan and express and local bus service to surrounding neighborhoods, including areas in Westchester County.