Earlier this month the City Council upheld the landmark designation of the South Village Historic District, which was enacted in December. That landmark designation was Phase II of GVSHP's proposed South Village Historic District, which we have been fighting to achieve since 2006. Local Councilmembers Corey Johnson and Margaret Chin urged their colleagues to support the designation, which they did so unanimously. Earlier in the Spring, GVSHP's entire proposed South Village Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, providing tax breaks and potential grants for owners who chose to preserve and restore their properties, and offering restrictions against state or federal monies or actions from harming the historic character of the area.
But we still have a lot of work to do. The current Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair has refused to consider the third and final phase of GVSHP's proposed South Village Historic District, the area south of Houston Street, in spite of a promise to do so in 2008. And while GVSHP's proposal to rezone the South Village to put in place height limits and eliminate the zoning bonus for construction of dorms and other uiniversity facilities has enjoyed strong support from Community Board #2 and area businesses and residents, the City has thus not moved ahead.
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