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East Village Rezoning Passed, Effective Immediately! Join Us For Celebration Tonight

THE CITY COUNCIL HAS JUST VOTED TO APPROVE THE EAST VILLAGE (3rd and 4th Avenue Corridors) REZONING WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING TO ENACT FOR YEARS, WHICH MEANS IT TAKES IMMEDIATE EFFECT!  This rezoning will go a long way towards stemming the tide of inappropriate development in this historic residential neighborhood, and is a tremendous victory for community efforts in the face of stiff initial resistance from the city!   Read the coverage in today’s CRAINS NY BUSINESS HERE. 

The East Village Rezoning (also known as the Third and Fourth Avenue Corridors Rezoning) covers eight blocks between Third and Fourth Avenues, 9th and 13th Streets (see MAP). The East Village rezoning was first proposed by GVSHP and Community Board 3 in 2005 with help from Borough President Stringer’s office in response to NYU's highly controversial 26-story dorm on East 12th Street, now the tallest building in the East Village.  The new zoning will for the first time impose height caps of approximately 12 stories and eliminate the current zoning bonus for dorms and hotels in the predominantly residential area, thus prohibiting the construction in the area of more of the types of mega-dorms we have seen from NYU in recent years.  

The City initially refused to consider the proposed rezoning or to include it in the larger 111-block East Village rezoning passed in 2008. Special thanks go to Councilmember Rosie Mendez, under whose leadership in 2009 the Department of City Planning agreed to move ahead with the rezoning. The rezoning was also supported by State Senator Tom Duane.

You can learn more about GVSHP’s efforts to preserve the East Village through landmark designation at our program “Landmarking the East Village” tonight from 5:30 to 7pm at the Tompkins Square Library, 331 East 10th Street (btw. Avenues A and B), which will begin with a brief account and summary of today’s critical rezoning victory. RSVP by clicking here or calling (212) 475-9585 ext. 35.

For more information on the East Village Rezoning, CLICK HERE

Thank you to everyone who helped make this tremendously important victory possible. Your participation and support truly made a difference!

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