Just moments ago at the Dumbo Neighborhood Association meeting, Paul Graziano (who’s also president of the Historic Districts Council) presented a more comprehensive and nuanced plan for the rezoning of the neighborhood than is expected from City Planning tomorrow. As reported earlier, City Planning is expected to limit the scope of the rezoning to a ten-block area bounded by York, Bridge and John Streets and the Manhattan Bridge and to apply a single R8A zoning; the DNA’s proposal looked at the entire area, from Vinegar Hill up to the Brooklyn Bridge (which is particularly important to those worried about David Walentas’ plans for his Dock Street project). The DNA plan uses a combination of manufacturing and residential zones and aims at keeping new buildings contextual in terms of height and density. On the residential side, this translates into a mixture of R6B, R7B, R8A and R8B; these zonings have building height limits of 50 feet, 75 feet, 120 feet and 75 feet respectively. “This plan better protects the area in terms of creating contextual zoning both for historic preservation and new development,” said Graziano. The extent to which City Planning takes DNA’ recommendations into consideration remains to be seen.
Post-Landmarking, Dumbo Rezoning Talk Begins [Brownstoner]