April 24, 2017 – The City’s East Harlem Initiative took a major step forward as the land use portion of this multi-pronged initiative began the formal public review process today, City Planning Commission Chair Marisa Lago announced. Covering key streets in a 96-block area, the zoning changes are designed to spur the development of as many as 3,500 units of housing, a significant proportion of which must be permanently affordable under the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) program. The zoning would strengthen the role of East Harlem as a major transit hub and job center by promoting creation of new job-generating commercial and industrial space. It would also preserve the neighborhood character of existing mid-scale residential areas. These zoning changes build on recommendations of the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan (EHNP), an intensive community-driven planning effort convened by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. In tandem with these zoning changes, City agencies are working with the East Harlem Steering Committee to address key infrastructure, economic development, workforce and community wellness concerns that were identified in the EHNP. This approach is consistent with Housing New York principles, which call for investments in communities where new housing growth is planned.
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