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New York & Tri-State   /   May 3, 2021

Paul Bubny
By: Paul Bubny

Lawsuit Seeks to Halt SoHo/NoHo rezoning

A Manhattan State Supreme Court judge will hear arguments Monday calling for a temporary restraining order against the city’s rezoning application for SoHo and NoHo. The lawsuit was filed Friday by community activists, who charged that the de Blasio administration violated the City Charter by holding public hearings virtually rather than in-person.

“Clearly, the de Blasio administration is taking advantage of the pandemic to limit the anticipated public opposition and objections to his controversial proposal,” the plaintiffs said in a press release.

A City Hall spokesman said in a statement, “We’re confident that remote hearings are inclusive and fair, and we will deliver a rezoning plan that moves SoHo and NoHo forward.”
The SoHo/NoHo suit follows a similar action taken recently against the Gowanus rezoning in Brooklyn. However, a judge lifted the temporary restraining order against the Gowanus application, allowing the rezoning there to begin the mandatory public-review process.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism.
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