May 27, 2021 – City Council Sells Out Governors Island

Today the New York City Council approved an upzoning that will bring in high-density high-rise development to the south area of Governors Island which currently serves as a unique green oasis belonging to all New Yorkers.

The upzoning proposal’s next stop is with the Mayor who give his approval.

More soon.

Today’s vote:
Governors Island Item 770: 45 Yes, 2 No, 1 abstain
Governors Island Item 771: 44 Yes, 3 No, 1 abstain

In favor:
Chin, Rivera, Johnson, Powers, Kallos, Rosenthal, Levine, Ayala, Perkins,  Dinowitz, Riley, Gjonaj, Cabrera , Feliz, Gibson, Salamanca, Diaz, Vallone, Koo, Moya, Grodenchik, Gennaro, Dromm, Van Bramer, Adams, Koslowitz, Holden, Brooks-Powers, Ulrich, Levin, Reynoso, Cumbo, Cornegy, Diaz, Menchaca, Eugene, Ampry-Samuel, Brannan, Louis, Maisel, Treyger, Rose, Matteo, Borelli

Barron, Lander (Brannan against 771)



The modifications from Chin:
Capping Aggregated floor area to 3.775M sq ft. Full build out of floor area in the southern sub-district area only with the provision of use groups 3 and 4, community facility uses – exclusive of [___??] diagnostic and treatment health facilities. Cap hotel and office space use in the southern sub-district, limit permitted obstruction in an open-space subarea to no more that 20%. And some obstruction will be included in the aggregated floor area calculations. Prohibit CPC authorization to increase allowed use the open space subarea. “Significantly” reduced building heights to 200 ft or below except for one parcel at 225 ft. Change bulk rules to match reduced base heights and require bicycle parking in accordance with applicable zoning, and for uses not specified in zoning at a rate of 1 per 10,000 sq ft of floor area.

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