Preservation Issues

Community Boards Vote “No” on Midtown East Upzoning

Simulation of Midtown East upzoning from Environmental Simulation Center, LTD

June 2013

A special task force representing four Community Boards voted to reject the proposed Midtown East upzoning in an unprecedented and detailed rebuttal of the proposal. Community Boards rarely flat-out reject City Planning Commission proposals. The “No” vote demonstrates how deeply flawed the proposal is.

“The consideration of the public’s needs was secondary to the interest of real estate developers,” said Lola Finkelstein, who chaired the task force representing Community Boards 1, 4, 5, and 6.

While the Boards agree that Midtown East needs to remain globally competitive, they said the City Administration’s proposal would not achieve that goal.

Click here to read the full report (large file, 7mb pdf document).

The Boards say in summary that:

The full Boards of CB 5 and 6 ratified the task force vote and are expected to submit their resolution to City Planning on July 1, at the end of the 60 days they have for review. Other Boards are expected to formally support them. The zoning proposal will then go to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for his 30-day review.

If you agree with the task force, please write the Borough President at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).