The talk in Dutch Kills these days is not of downzoning, which would keep out bigger buildings. Instead, local residents want upzoning, a much less frequently requested designation, which would make possible larger structures, at least on certain specified streets.
Thinking Big at a Time Others Are Thinking Small
Residents of Dutch Kills have also seen the new residential buildings sprouting along the Long Island City waterfront, and they want their share. Working with the City Planning Commission, they have developed a plan that would allow buildings of 5 to 7 stories on the widest local avenues and 8-to-12-story buildings on Northern Boulevard, the area’s southern border. Buildings on the side streets would be restricted to three or four stories.
“I hate to use the word gentrification. But that’s the negative side of the upzoning, because the property becomes more valuable.”
Here's an account of the last meeting held about the proposal:
Dutch Kills Civic Hears Final Zoning Subdistrict Plans
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