From The Real Deal:
A proposal to rezone a 130-block swath of Queens' Sunnyside and Woodside neighborhoods -- what would be the first rezoning of the area since 1974 -- has entered its public review period, City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden announced today. The proposed zoning changes would target Queens Boulevard's main corridor for "moderate new development" by setting height limits on other, mostly-residential blocks and would provide incentives for affordable housing through the city's Inclusionary Housing Program. In Sunnyside, the rezoning would allow for small sidewalk cafes on Queens Boulevard in order to liven up the neighborhood.
Yes, the aroma of Queens Blvd bus exhaust mixed with the rumbling of the 7 train create the perfect ambiance for outdoor dining. That Amanda Burden is one innovative thinker. Meanwhile the NY Observer took a slant that downzoning is bad. What a surprise.
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