Though the specifics of the rezoning have yet to be revealed, the plan will cover a 175-block area from northern Greenpoint down to East Williamsburg and create a contextual zoning that will recognize the existing character of the neighborhood and limit heights and densities of new development projects.
High-rise towers have become a common site in Williamsburg, both on the north and south sides, and the proposed rezoning is planned to limit major skyline and character changes throughout Greenpoint and East Williamsburg.
The winding planning area includes the majority of the residential neighborhoods north of Metropolitan, and a good portion of East Williamsburg below that. The Department of City Planning (DCP), working with Community Board 1 and Council members Diana Reyna and David Yassky, have been working diligently on the proposal, which will be presented to the community at two planning meeting on October 28 and 29. Representatives of DCP were tight-lipped about the specific plans, but were confident that residents of the possibly rezoned neighborhoods would be pleased with the plan.
In addition to limiting building heights, the new rezoning will create new affordable housing opportunities throughout the neighborhoods.
The zoning won’t create new housing towers in the neighborhood, but will require percentages of affordable housing in new developments. The review process for the proposed rezoning is expected to begin at the end of 2008.
The full plan will be revealed at a special Community Board meeting to be held Tuesday, October 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Swingin’ 60’s Senior Center, located on Ainslie Street at Manhattan Avenue. A second meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 30, in the basement of Capital One Bank at 807 Manhattan Avenue. That meeting will also begin at 6:30 p.m.