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13 April 2012


Critical Chelsea Market Hearing Next Monday, April 16 at 6:30pm


Hudson Square Rezoning - Pushing for Lower Heights, Protections for Nearby South Village


Important Proposals Seeking Landmarks Preservation Commission Approval

oneCritical Chelsea Market Hearing Next Monday, April 16 at 6:30pm 


FooterEarlier this week, the City Planning Commission certified the application by Jamestown Properties to upzone Chelsea Market in order to allow a large new office tower and a large new hotel tower to be built atop the historic complex. Now the official public hearing and approval process will begin, which determines if the zoning change required for these developments will be granted.


The first step is a public hearing and vote by Community Board #4's Chelsea Preservation and Planning (CP&P) Committee on Monday, April 16th at 6:30pm.  The public will be limited to one minute for their testimony, but can submit more detailed written testimony or questions. From there, the Committee's resolution will go to the full Community Board #4 for a public hearing and a vote on Wednesday, May 2nd.



twoHudson Square Rezoning - Pushing for Lower Heights, Protections for Nearby South Village



Last month GVSHP and allied community groups held a very well-attended and successful community meeting on the proposed Hudson Square rezoning.  More than 100 people attended, and most shared the concerns voiced by GVSHP and other community groups about the plan - that the proposed height and bulk limits for new development under the plan were too great, and that the rezoning, if unaccompanied by long-overdue landmark designation for the South Village, would endanger that adjacent, low-rise, historic neighborhood. 


Trinity Realty is seeking to rezone the area to allow (currently-prohibited) as-of-right residential development and make other changes to the zoning in the area.  GVSHP and other community groups have long called for a change to the inadequate zoning for this area, which allows much too great a scale of development and encourages almost exclusively hotel development. But we also feel that the Trinity plan, as currently configured, does not do enough to protect neighborhood character and address overdevelopment concerns. The rezoning must be approved by the City Planning Commission and the City Council to take effect.


Therefore GVSHP and fellow community groups followed the meeting with letters to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Planning Chair Amanda Burden expressing our concern that the currently proposed height and bulk limits (up to 320 feet, and in one case 430 feet) in the rezoning are much too great, and that the rezoning MUST be accompanied by landmark designation for the South Village if it is to move ahead. Trinity's rezoning proposal has not yet been certified and they continue to modify it; we intend to continue to push for changes prior to certification, and certainly if and when the plan is certified and goes through the public review and approval process if these issues are not addressed.






Important Proposals Seeking Landmarks Preservation Commission Approval


(l.) Proposed new building at Bond & Lafayette Streets; (r.) Fake stone storefront on 8th Street
GVSHP makes information about every public hearing application for changes to landmarked properties or properties in historic districts in our neighborhoods available to the public on our Landmarks Application Webpage -- the only such webpage of its kind in the city!


And right now, there are a few very important proposals wending their way through the process. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) heard a proposal for a new building designed by Annabelle Selldorf at Bond and Lafayette Streets (GVSHP testified that the large horizontally banded windows were out of character for the district) and a proposal to remove the fake stone front from a two-story storefront on 8th Street (GVSHP supported the removal of the fake materials, which we had long objected to, but felt the replacement could make a stronger contribution to the character of the district) -- the Commission approved neither application as is, asking for further revisions to address some of these kinds of concerns. 


This coming Monday Community Board #2 will hold the first public hearing on the proposal by Rudin Management to make changes to St. Vincent's Reiss Building at 134-146 West 12th Street as part of their conversion of the former hospital to condos. While the latest plans for the building were announced as part of an approval agreement with the City Council to "preserve" the building, GVSHP has raised some questions as to how much of the building is actually required to be, or is going to be, 'preserved' (see the response from Speaker Quinn HERE). Monday's meeting presents an important opportunity to find out more about the proposal, what would actually happen to the building, and what the approvals would actually require.


GVSHP's Landmarks Application Webpage tracks each of these applications from when they are first filed, through the Community Board and LPC public hearings, until a final decision has been rendered on the application. Check in regularly to see what is going on in your neighborhood, or sign up to receive alerts about changes in status to any application of particular interest to you!

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