DCP Wants to Keep Williamsburg and Greenpoint Low-Rise


Okay, it's a little late for that, which is why earlier this week, the Department of City Planning, Community Board 1 and Council Members Reyna and Yassky chatted with Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents about the proposal to rezone 175 blocks of their neighborhoods in the hopes of preserving "the existing built character and to encourage new affordable housing," per a press release that landed in our inbox. "These areas have a consistent row house context of 3-4 stories with slightly bulkier buildings and retail uses on some of the wider streets and commercial corridor. In recent years these areas have seen new residential construction that is at times significantly taller than the current low- to mid-rise scale of the neighborhood. This rezoning seeks to prevent future out-of-context development in this area." Part of the plan includes height limits: four to five stories on narrow side streets and six to seven on wide streets, with eight stories in select spots. The ULURP should begin come winter.

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