The Department of City Planning says it will certify the long-awaited Dutch Kills rezoning in May. But a group of commercial property owners, calling themselves the "Dutch Kills Purple People", are saying they have not yet been heard.
Board 1, DKCA Ask For Zoning Plan Review
Inhabiting the purple and blue shaded area of the rezoning map, the group says rezoning, as is, will cause a loss of 826,000 square feet of industrial space, 2,066 jobs and millions of dollars in annual tax revenues to the city.
Eric Palatnick, an attorney representing the "purple people", said they are concerned about a reduction of floor-to-area ratio (FAR) in the proposed rezoning from its current FAR 5 to FAR 2 on their ability to grow.
"They can no longer expand," said Palatnick at the March meeting of Community Board 1 about the affected businesses. "They are stuck where they are."
The Dutch Kills rezoning has been on the drawing board for years. When the Department of City Planning (DCP) introduced a final plan in May 2006, it looked like a reality. Joy Chen, DCP liaison to Community Board 1, said the plan should be certified and ready for review by the board in late May.
It would rezone a 40-block area that is now mostly zoned manufacturing into more mixed-use residential zones. But Palatnick said the R5 and R6 zoning it would introduce was more appropriate in Bayside or Little Neck.