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City Will Seek More As-of-Right Uses in SoHo, NoHo

The de Blasio administration plans to announce a rezoning effort in SoHo and NoHo this fall that will permit more as-of-right uses in these neighborhoods. Under the industrial zoning rules still in place for SoHo and parts of NoHo, ground-floor retail and residential apartments require special approval.

Crain’s New York Business reported that the Department of City Planning, working with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilwoman Margaret Chin, plans to seek public input before drawing up specific proposals.

“Having zoning that doesn’t align with the predominant uses of a neighborhood puts a strain on residents, property owners, businesses and city agencies,” said the SoHo Broadway Initiative’s Mark Dicus.

Not all stakeholders would favor the rezoning, though. “We’re worried that real estate and large retail interests will take over the neighborhood from the pioneers and the newcomers who created the community,” the SoHo Alliance’s Sean Sweeney told Crain’s.

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