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Critical Meetings on Potential SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Jan. 8 + Jan. 15

There are two critical upcoming meetings on the study by the City, BP Gale Brewer, and CM Margaret Chin about regulations in NoHo and SoHo and potential recommendations for zoning and other changes. The first is Wednesday, January 8 from 6-8pm at the Scholastic Building’s basement auditorium at 130 Mercer Street (south of Prince Street), being held by the study sponsors. It’s critical you attend and let them know you oppose upzoning and larger retail allowances. The second meeting is Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee next Wednesday, January 15th at 6:30 pm at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street (Mott/Elizabeth Streets). Please attend to let the Community Board know what your priorities are and how they can help shape the response to the City’s report, especially re: a potential upzoning and larger retail allowances.


Changes to retail rules in SoHo and NoHo could lead to more mega-stores like this multi-level big box chain.

Real estate and other forces are organizing and mobilizing to urge upzoning in the area to allow significantly larger new development (now limited to about 10-12 stories max.) and significantly larger retail spaces than current rules allow. We feel strongly that out-of-scale high-rises and more big box chain stores are NOT what NoHo and SoHo need, and it’s critical that we be there in force to send that message.


Images of new development in SoHo (l.) and NoHo, showing the scale allowed under current rules.  An upzoning could dramatically increase the allowable size of new development.

Please attend both meetings, and send letters to city officials NOW urging them to OPPOSE any upzoning in SoHo/NoHo and allowances for larger retail:

Click Here to Send Letter to City Officials



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