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Thursday, May 8, 2014
De Blasio's New Housing Plan Takes Aim at "Towers in the Park"
A pdf of the plan:
It seems that De Blasio is very much aware of the problem of affordable housing and will attempt to save rent-stabilized apartments and build new housing stock.
But I'm cautious about adding more density to certain neighborhoods and loosening zoning regulations--gifts, I believe, to Real Estate.
This caught my attention, too, on page 71:
MODIFY "TOWER-IN-THE-PARK" ZONING REGULATIONS TO BETTER ENABLE APPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENT FOR UNDERUSED LAND FOR HOUSING AND MIXED USE
From the 1940s to the 1970s, many large sites were developed under Mitchell Lama and other programs with high-rise housing in a “tower-in-the-park” configuration. These sites are governed by special zoning rules that require large expanses of open space, often occupied by open parking lots. These open areas potentially provide opportunities to site new housing, including affordable units. However, zoning restrictions would need to be eased. The City will initiate zoning changes to facilitate development on these large sites while preserving light, air and usable recreation space.
Folks, you do realize that Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village is the largest "Tower-in-the-Park" area in the city?