7 thoughts on “City Dishes Inwood Library Details, Espaillat Sees a ‘Trojan Horse’

  1. This is very much as predicted when the city started its top-down process to spot upzone the library to produce a much larger building (14 stories) than the NYPL’s own studies had recommended under existing zoning (9 stories). Normally spot zoning is illegal, but the city combined this with the Inwood EDC rezoning plan and extended the corner upzoning up to the library site to make it legal. The community was strongly against the upzoning, which is the first ever in North America for a library-housing redevelopment, but since zoning no longer matters under de Blasio the city was able to ram it through (the current ULURP is a formality — the city is not making any changes to their housing-at-any-cost strategy).

    I’m a little confused by the 175 units on a site that can’t be much more than 17,000 SF. (Under 12,000 SF for the library, plus the parking lot of the adjacent school that was folded into it). With a mix of units surely this building is at least 150,000 SF+. The allowable FAR is only 7.2 even with the MIH bonus. How can they possibly fit this many units? Did they take some of the school’s open space in the back also? CityLimits, please find this out for us.

  2. 100% affordable housing is a “trojan horse?” Isn’t the library plan separate from the re-zoning plan, or has Espaillat forgotten? We’re being given a beautiful new library with truly affordable units for people who live in 10034, and he doesn’t trust it. Well I don’t trust him.

  3. mister sterling, you are exactly wrong — the inwood library project was folded into the city’s ‘inwood nyc’ plan to rezone the entire neighborhood. many community groups are calling for a separate ‘ULURP’ review process for the library, because it is truly a separate project. however, the way things are currently set up, the city is holding this project (and any meaningful community engagement about it…) hostage to try and jam down their top-down developer give-away that they’ve dressed up as a rezoning plan

    • The library project is actually a separate ULURP action that will be considered and voted on independently of the neighborhood rezoning, but it’s going through the approval process at the same time as the neighborhood rezoning.

  4. Were any of these planers ever north of 59th Street?
    Don’t they know Inwood is a different world altogether
    and wants no part of their warehousing schemes?
    If this building goes up; you will realize that Inwood has no voice
    whatsoever in its own wants and we should elect someone who does
    to represent us.

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