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City Council Adopts East Midtown Rezoning

Posted on August 11, 2017


On Wednesday August 9, 2017, City Council adopted with modifications the proposed zoning text amendment that establishes the East Midtown Subdistrict within the Special Midtown District. The approved Greater East Midtown text amendment can be found on the Department of City Planning’s (DCP)website N 170186(A) ZRM.┬áThe East Midtown Subdistrict is a 78-block area running from East 39th Street to East 57th Street, from Third to Madison Avenues.

The East Midtown area is a business hub, already containing 60 million square feet of office space. This amendment increases as of right Floor Area Ratios (FARs) for commercial uses from 12.0 to 15.0 to as high as 18.0 to 27.0 in the East Midtown Subdistrict. Such increased FARs can be achieved in various ways including:

Additionally, as part of the rezoning, sites of 30,000 sf or more must provide an indoor or outdoor public space; sites of 45,000 sf or more must provide a public outdoor space except when precluded from doing so by district plan rules, and sites of 65,000 sf or more must either dedicate 10 percent of its site to public

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