M1-3D zoning currently exists in 36 blocks of Dutch Kills. That zoning was established in 1989 to legalize pre-existing residences in a manufacturing zone. However, the M1-3D severely limits new residential developments or enlargements.
Rezoning Seems Imminent For Dutch Kills
Current M1-3D zoning also permits commercial and light manufacturing uses at densities three times greater than residential uses are allowed and has no fixed height limit.
The rezoning would limit heights to 33 and 40 feet in low-rise areas, with height limits of 70 feet permitted where multifamily buildings already exist. Along portions of Northern Blvd. new housing would be allowed up to 125 feet.
Because the rezoning would remove current restrictions on residential development and conversions, more than 1,500 housing units, of which about 190 would be affordable, are projected to be developed over a 10-year period if it is approved.
Wow, that's a lot of affordable housing! Let's check in with the Doorman:
Gioia said that Dutch Kills needs a rezoning that prohibits all hotel growth. The hotels are out of context in the Dutch Kills residential area, which is populated by one- and two-family homes, Gioia said.
"This neighborhood is over-saturated with hotels," Gioia said. "We need zoning in this neighborhood that will prevent more hotels from being built."
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