I oppose SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Plan And Support the Community Alternative Plan

Recipients

  • Department of City Planning (SoHo/NoHo)
  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
  • Council Member - New York City Council Margaret S. Chin
  • Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.
  • Council Speaker - New York City Council - District 03 Manhattan Corey Johnson
  • Department of City Planning Chair Marisa Lago
  • Queens Borough President Sharon Lee
  • Staten Island Borough President James Oddo
  • Council Member - New York City Council - District 02 Manhattan Carlina Rivera
  • NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio

Message

The SoHo/NoHo upzoning plan is outrageous and unacceptable; support the community alternative

Dear [Decision Maker],

The Mayor's proposed upzoning of SoHo and NoHo would allow new development of an egregious scale up to 2.4 times what current rules allow open the floodgates to giant big box chain stores that would force out long time local businesses, push out longtime tenants in rent-stabilized units and legally protected lofts, and encourage the demolition of historic buildings. This is wrong and unacceptable for these neighborhoods, and being done in the name of affordable housing, revising outdated zoning, and promoting retail diversity. All of these goals can be better achieved with the Community Alternative Rezoning Plan which a dozen local groups have put forward.

That plan would require the inclusion of new affordable housing in residential developments while keeping new development at the current limit of 5 FAR. It would allow for the as-of-right location of a broader range of retail uses while keeping the limit on the size of such establishment at 10K sq ft/5K sq ft for eating and drinking establishments. It would allow for the legalization of existing residences while protecting longtime artist live-work spaces and rules, and allow for new artists live work spaces. In short, it would allow SoHo and NoHo to continue to grow with new affordable housing, without destroying the neighborhoods' scale, creative character, or historic buildings.

The Mayor's plan would line the pockets of developers who have given generously to his campaign and lobbied for these changes for years. All of the purported goals can be better achieved in a manner consistent with the character of the neighborhood and with the full support of residents of the affected neighborhoods. The current plan is generating nothing but deep opposition from residents and should be rejected.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

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