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Sullivan Street Rezoning Opposed; Will City Approve?

On Wednesday GVSHP and many neighbors testified at a City Planning Commission hearing against a proposed rezoning of a portion of Sullivan Street between Spring and Broome Streets in the South Village requested by a developer. In addition, dozens of letters have been sent to the City Planning Commission opposing the proposed rezoning. The requested addition of a “commercial overlay” to the zoning for the street would not only allow much larger commercial spaces than currently found on this or other similar side streets in the South Village, but potentially could aid in allowing the development of larger buildings as well.

In spite of this, however, the City Planning Commission Chair seemed inclined to support the proposed rezoning. While the proposed zoning change would only apply to a small portion of this block, GVSHP is also concerned that approval could be used as precedent to seek approval for other similar zoning changes throughout the South Village. GVSHP is seeking landmark status for the entire South Village, including this block. While the city has begun to consider designation of a portion of the South Village north of Houston Street and west of Sixth Avenue, they have not yet begun to consider landmark status for much of the remainder of the South Village, including this area. Without landmark status, such zoning changes could have an especially negative impact. 

If the City Planning Commission approves the proposed rezoning, it must then also be approved by the City Council. The City Planning Commission will vote on February 10th.


  • Write to the City Planning Commission before February 5th OPPOSING the proposed Sullivan Street rezoning. CLICK HERE for sample letter and contact information.

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