|The Department of City Planning (DCP) and Community Board 4 (CB 4) propose to rezone all or portions of 18 blocks located in Community District 4, Manhattan. The rezoning area, in the West Clinton neighborhood, is generally bounded by West 55th Street to the north, West 43rd Street to the south, a variable line between Tenth and Eleventh avenues to the east, and Twelfth Avenue (Route 9A) to the west.
Increased residential development in the broader Clinton neighborhood has demonstrated that the western portion of Clinton, generally the area west of Tenth Avenue, is a desirable place to live. In the past decade, a number of as-of-right residential buildings have been constructed in the existing residential and commercial districts between Tenth and Eleventh avenues.
While residential construction has increased between Tenth Avenue and Eleventh Avenue, new commercial, office, utility and other manufacturing-district compatible use construction has taken place on the blocks between Eleventh Avenue and Twelfth Avenue. The expanded facilities of utility companies such as Verizon and ConEd, and of vehicle-distribution companies such as FedEx, are important in that they serve the adjacent midtown business district, and the city as a whole. In addition, new office development provides space for companies at a lower rent than what is typically found in the central midtown business district.
To address these recent trends, DCP and CB 4 propose a zoning map amendment to extend the residential districts from Tenth Avenue to the east side of Eleventh Avenue, and to increase the density permitted on certain blocks zoned for manufacturing and manufacturing-district compatible uses from the west side of Eleventh Avenue to Twelfth Avenue. Proposed text amendments would ensure new development in the rezoning area would be in context with the surrounding built environment.
Through zoning text and zoning map amendments, the Department's proposal would:
To achieve these goals, the Department proposes the following actions:
- Provide new opportunities for residential development, including new affordable housing, in the West Clinton neighborhood;
- Encourage new manufacturing-district compatible uses between Eleventh Avenue and the Twelfth Avenue; and
- Ensure that the form of new buildings relates to and enhances neighborhood character.
Zoning map amendment to change the zoning for approximately 18 blocks currently zoned M1-5, M2-3 and M3-2. Under the proposed action, new R8, R8A/C2-5, R9, R9/C2-5 and M2-4 districts would be mapped in the rezoning area; and
Zoning text amendment to the Special Clinton District to establish the Inclusionary Housing program in the proposed R8A and R9 districts, to modify the boundaries of the Areas within the Special Clinton District and to place certain bulk restrictions on new development within the West Clinton neighborhood.
The proposal is the result of a collaborative process with Community Board 4 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.
DeWitt Clinton Park
UPS facility at Eleventh Avenue and West 44th Street
West side of Eleventh Avenue