13 thoughts on “Much Dread, Some Hope at Inwood Rezoning Community Discussion

  1. You’re right not to want deBlasio’s rezoning/upzoning forced on your neighborhood if the majority of residents are opposed to it. But at the same time you have to be realistic. Where is the money going to come from to pay for 100% affordability? NYC does not have unlimited financial resources.

  2. Abigail: Wonderful done article. Factual and to the point. The building that Ydanis Rodriguez is referring to on Broadway and Dyckman Street, that he is offering up to the real estate industry, is where I live!

  3. I want to make it clear, in case City Limits has not gotten our point – we are not opposed to the rezoning, we are advocating for a rezoning that will work for our current community as well as for future residents. We have a rezoning plan that clearly lays out how the City can pass an effective and sound rezoning that will not further harm our community while also building the right foundations needed to add new residents to the neighborhood. It is because we understand the actual need for truly affordable housing that we have come together to be able to find a way to go even further than the City has dared to go. We are pushing the City and Ydanis Rodriguez to think outside of the box, to understand that there are ways to build 100% affordable housing. Affordable housing as it relates to our community by providing 50% of apartments for those making less than $34K/yr and not above $88K/yr. These are the tenants and families that are most at risk and the ones that most need affordable housing.

  4. I have felt right along that this project is a done deal and Rodriguez is simply going through the motions, while dealing with the mayor and real estate interests on the side. Don’t trust him. They will sell you out and be gone when the reality hits the fan. Rodriguez is in their pocket.

  5. The CM and the city in general have not been willing to seriously discuss any aspects of the proposed rezoning since it came out a year ago. They just hold hearings, say they will listen, and then change nothing.

    It’s not as if people are absolutely against rezoning of any kind. The goals are good, and Inwood is blessed with plenty of vacant and under-utilized industrial area to convert into attractive mixed-use and residential areas. But because the city refuses to make changes they have forced people into a binary yes-no where people making intelligent, rational critiques are forced into the No camp in the hopes that the city will come back with something better.

    If the rezoning was less unreasonably aggressive, and went with say 15 story buildings instead of 25 or 30, and included at least some benefits for existing residents in the form of a new park or community center, it would probably sail through.

  6. We had an election last year in which Inwood Rezoning was front and center in the campaign. The opposition candidate lost in a landslide, the people spoke. They are against the rampant nimbyism in this community from the minority of people who don’t have the needs, or the values, that the majority has.

    • Totally false. First of all, what was turnout in that election (minuscule), secondly, how many neighborhoods are ineligible to vote (a very large proportion). At every community event throughout the two year rezoning process, residents say again and again that they don’t want a rezoning that will kick off hyper gentrification and lead to displacement. They don’t want a massive influx of new housing it if turns us into the next Williamsburg, where gleaming towers of luxury units lead to the whole scale removal of the existing community. NIMBYism isn’t the issue — it’s policies that are designed to line the pockets of developers without any consideration on the impact of residents and the community. The community is united — reject the EDC and adopt a responsible alternative, like the Uptown United plan or the recommendations of Community Board 12

  7. And just when you thought the City could not behave any worse in this rezoning process, they did, sneaking in a change in the rezoning proposal that will enable much worse displacement of small businesses and destroy the vibrant commercial district Gale Brewer calls “Inwood’s ‘Main Street’ … the economic and social center for residents” and especially important to immigrants. No one raised this change at last Sunday’s event because almost no one knew about it. EDC buried public notice about in fine print in the middle of a dense paragraph on a web page, requiring scrolling down to find it–if you happen to know it’s there. If Gale Brewer had not referenced these changes on p. 25 of her “Recommendation,” we would never have known to look for it, unfortunately not until after Sunday’s event.

    Following NYC EDC’s usual pattern of deception, they put a few “good” proposals in this “Technical Memorandum” as cover for a much bigger disastrous proposal: To change the proposed zoning of Broadway, 207 St, and Dyckman west of Broadway in ways that invite big box chain stores (by enabling higher ceilings) and many more commercial uses than currently allowed or even allowed under the initial rezoning proposal, many wholly inappropriate to the local neighborhood “Main Street” district. EDC added only very weak frontage limitations on 207 St & Dyckman east of Broadway to discourage big box stores (much weaker than those proposed by Gale Brewer, Uptown United, & CB12), but even these weak protections are NOT applied to Broadway. So, without any public process, they’re sneaking in replacing Inwood’s “Main Street” with a regional commercial district that no one in the community asked for.

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