Hudson Square inched closer to major residential redevelopment on Monday, when the City Planning Commission certified a rezoning proposal that could add 2,000 to 3,200 housing units to the commercial area.
The neighborhood, bounded by the Hudson River, Sixth Avenue and Houston and Canal streets, is currently zoned for manufacturing. Trinity Real Estate, the largest landlord in the area, led the rezoning push. Proponents say that the plan would bring in new residents and schools while keeping tech and media companies attracted to Hudson Square’s loft-style office space, the New York Observer reported. If successful, this would be the biggest private rezoning in city history.
The rezoning would establish height limits where none currently exist. Development along the avenues will be permitted to reach as high as 320 feet, while projects on the side streets will be capped at 185 feet, according to the New York Observer. New height and setback requirements will create uniform facades along the sidewalk, preventing new towers that would be built far back from the streets, leaving empty space. Hotels with more than 100 rooms would also need a special permit from the City Planning Commission, which is intended to boost residential development.
The certification begins a seven-month land-use review process. The proposal will be vetted by Community Board 2 in October and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer before going to the City Council for a vote.