Two-Track Planning Process Announced For East Midtown Rezoning

30/05/2014 3:36 pm

ap_bill_de_blasio_ll_130911_16x9_992New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Member Dan Garodnick and Borough President Gale Brewer today announced a multi-part strategy for a revived rezoning plan for East Midtown.

The de Blasio Administration announced today in a press release that the new framework represents a fresh consensus that will help ensure East Midtown’s future vitality as a business district, attract more quality jobs to New York City, and deliver vital infrastructure improvements in the same timeframe as new development.

First, the department will advance a zoning proposal to allow for larger state-of-the-art buildings along Vanderbilt Avenue that would provide specific, significant and upfront public infrastructure upgrades. For More details see earlier post by Blockbrief.

Secondly, Council Member Garodnick, Borough President Gale Brewer, and Chairman Weisbrod will begin a ground-up planning process for Greater East Midtown. This process will engage stakeholders to collectively identify long-term needs and goals for the neighborhood. The process will result in a comprehensive framework by next spring for the study area. The process is expected to tackle a host of complex issues that will provide a basis for future zoning, infrastructure and policy initiatives. Its task force will be co-chaired by Garodnick and Brewer, and will work closely with the Department of City Planning and other public agencies. Its membership will also include members of local community boards, as well as representatives from local business groups and other stakeholders.

“We are going to keep New York City competitive, and do it through strategic investments and ground-up planning. These are the kind of policies that won’t just pay off today, but will lay the groundwork to keep districts like East Midtown thriving and attracting new business for decades to come,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

In the coming weeks, Council Member Garodnick, Borough President Brewer and the City will launch the community planning effort called Greater East Midtown. These strategies will enable improvements to proceed as early as 2015 around Grand Central Terminal.