The Architect’s Newspaper reported yesterday that City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden announced at their meeting that the city’s next target for rezoning is the recently-landmarked DUMBO.   Plans have not been made public yet, but according to AN writer Matt Chaban, “The department is due to present its first official version of the rezoning to Community Board 2, elected officials, local preservationists, and other concerned parties during a closed-door meeting” today.

Rumors are circulating that the planned change will bring R8A, “a contextual zoning that would create bulky 10-12 story buildings, which would conform with some of the areas taller lofts but tower over others,” according to Chaban.  This has neighborhood activists worried – the DUMBO Neighborhood Association points out on their website that, despite the fact that much of the neighborhood and surrounding areas such as Vinegar Hill and Fulton Ferry are now landmarked, “there are gaps among us: unprotected areas
that virtually invite inappropriate construction by speculative developers.” DNA and City Council Member David Yassky are currently holding a press conference titled, “Protecting Our Community Against Inappropriate Development.”  More to come on this issue as it develops…

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