According to the New York Observer, City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden announced last week that the Department of City Planning will soon release new zoning incentives for supermarkets. Based on a citywide study that DCP conducted last year, the goal of these incentives will be to encourage supermarkets to locate in underserved neighborhoods. The Observer reports:
“The proposal… encourages developers to build grocery stores by not counting the store as part of a larger building’s development rights (i.e. if a developer is allowed to build a 50,000-square-foot apartment building with retail, if they put in a 15,000 square foot supermarket, it wouldn’t be counted toward that 50,000 square feet), among other inducements.”
Burden said to expect certification this month.