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Special West Chelsea District Rezoning Proposal
The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) has proposed a rezoning of the West Chelsea area in Community District 4 Manhattan. The area is bounded generally by Tenth and Eleventh Avenues from West 30th Street south to West 16th Street. The rezoning would create the Special West Chelsea District to provide opportunities for new residential and commercial development, facilitate the reuse of the High Line elevated rail line as a unique linear open space, and enhance the neighborhood’s thriving art gallery district.

The Zoning Proposal
Currently zoned primarily for light manufacturing and commercial uses, the proposed Special West Chelsea District would permit residential development along Tenth and Eleventh Avenues and on some of the midblocks, outside of the core of the neighborhood’s art gallery district. Proposed regulations governing building height and setback would respond to the unique features of West Chelsea, including the neighborhood’s many early 20th century loft buildings, the adjacent Chelsea Historic District, and the Hudson River waterfront.

The proposed reuse of the High Line as an elevated open space is a critical component of the rezoning. To encourage preservation of light and air around the High Line, the proposal would allow development rights to be transferred from the High Line to designated receiving sites within the Special District. New development along Tenth Avenue, adjacent to the High Line, would also be subject to a series of building bulk and use controls to encourage connections to the High Line and the preservation of light, air and views. Finally, the existing manufacturing zoning would be retained in the core of the art gallery district, along the midblocks north of West 20th Street and south of West 26th Street, to help ensure the continued vitality of the galleries.

See the pdf document proposed zoning map for West Chelsea.

For detailed information on the rezoning proposal, download copies of the pdf document Draft Scope document (3.5m) and the pdf document Environmental Assessment Statement (3.2m).

Public Scoping Hearing
The public is invited to comment on the draft scoping document for the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on October 2, 2003, 10:00 am at Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street. The draft scoping document sets forth the analyses and methodologies proposed for the project’s EIS. Comments received during the draft scope’s public hearing, and written comments received up to 10 days after the hearing will be considered and incorporated as appropriate into a final scope of work. The final scope of work will be used as a framework for preparing the Draft EIS (DEIS) for the proposed action. Once the DEIS is complete, the formal Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) will begin.

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photo of West 16th Street and the High Line, looking west
West 16th Street and the High Line, looking west

photo of West 26th Street, the High Line and the Starret-Lehigh Building, looking west
West 26th Street, the High Line, and the Starret-Lehigh Building, looking west

photo of 10th Avenue, looking north
Tenth Avenue, looking north

rendering of the High
Looking south above the High Line

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