The City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden announced on Tuesday the beginning of public review for a rezoning in Dumbo. City Planning has been working on the plan in consultation with Community Board 2, local civic groups and elected officials and in coordination with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) since first announced almost a year ago. The proposed rezoning area does not cover all of Dumbo Historic District, but mostly areas East of the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. The plan would provide for an estimated 891 new units of housing in new and renovated loft buildings and provide regulations to ensure that new development is in keeping with the neighborhood’s historic built character.
The rezoning follows LPC’s designation of Dumbo Historic District on December 18, 2007 and approved by the City Planning Commission (25-Feb-2008) and City Council (16-Apr-2008).
“The proposed rezoning would change the current M1-2 and M3-1 manufacturing zoning designations, which neither permit residential use nor have height limits, to mixed-use contextual zoning districts that would better reflect and preserve the unique character of the neighborhood. Moreover, unlike the heavy industrial uses permitted in the M3-1, uses in the mixed use zoning districts would be more compatible with the changing land use patterns. Much of the growth is expected to be in conversions of existing loft buildings.”
Based on the presentation by City Planning, the plan looks to foster development of East Dumbo while preserving the character of the neighborhood. In the presentation, while it emphasizes that most of the developments are existing building conversions, a few renderings of Jay Street and Bridge Street were shown to visualize the height limits of new developments.
The next steps? The Dumbo rezoning will now be reviewed by Brooklyn Community Board 2 (by April 27, 2009), after which it will go to the Borough President (30 days), the City Planning Commission (60 days) and the City Council (50 days) as part of the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). How do you think the proposed rezoning will change Dumbo?