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Midtown East Rezoning Approved by City Planning

Posted on June 19, 2017

East Midtown is one step closer to having a zoning text and map amendment.

On June 7, 2017, the New York City Planning Commission (CPC) approved the proposed amendment that would establish the East Midtown Subdistrict within the Special Midtown District. The CPC reports have recently been posted to the Department of City Planning’s (DPC) website N 170186A ZRM (text amendment) & C 170187 ZMM (map amendment).

The East Midtown area is a business hub, already containing nearly 60 million square feet of office space. The current as of right Floor Area Ratios (FAR) within the area to be affected ranges from 12.0 to 15.0 for commercial uses. The proposed amendment could increase as of right FARs within the subdistrict to be increased to as high as 18.0 to 27.0. Such increased FARs can be achieved in various ways including:

The City Council will have to review and adopt any of these changes, but according to the timeline posted on the DPC’s website, the City Council review is allotted 50 days. The timeline can be found here under “public review.”

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