Governors Island Rezoning Approved

25/07/2013 2:07 pm

On Wednesday, the New York City Council voted to approve a rezoning that for the first time will allow commercial use of more than 1 million square feet of space in a collection of historic buildings on Governors Island.

The rezoning will allow the Trust for Governors Island, the non-profit, government-controlled group that oversees the island, to move forward with the responses it garnered last year to a request for proposals from private sector and nonprofit groups interested in adaptively reusing 40 historic buildings that collectively total about 1.2 million square feet.

The Trust's proposal creates a special new zone to permit commercial activity in the Historic District, now limited to residential. The change will create a new Special Governors Island District on the North Island that would generally allow most commercial uses in the district, currently zoned R3-2 (for low density residential).
The City's Committee on Land Use voted to approve two applications:
  • Application No. N 130189(A) ZRM submitted by the Trust for an amendment to the Zoning Resolution, establishing the Special Governors Island District
  • Application No. C 130190 ZMM submitted by the Trust for an amendment fo the Zoning Map by establishing a Special Governors ISland District (GI)