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A Planning Policy Program for the Far West Side

The public and private sectors are currently embroiled in an intense debate on the future of what is currently the primarily industrial Far West Side of Manhattan. Changes in the real estate market for land in this area are placing increasing development pressure on neighborhoods from Clinton to the Meatpacking District. While the Department of City Planning is in the process of preparing a comprehensive redevelopment strategy for this area to amend zoning, create a new urban design framework, and improve transportation, among other objectives, NYC 2012 is promoting an Olympics stadium, broadcast facilities and a new eight-acre open space. Meanwhile, community interests are seeking to enhance and expand existing residential neighborhoods and preserve both historic structures and viable manufacturing uses that risk being displaced by new market-driven development. As a number of the proposals for the area near fruition, the Municipal Art Society will serve as a clearinghouse of information for an area ranging from the northeast corner of 5th Avenue and continuing along 42nd Street to the Hudson River, as defined by the upper boundary of our Planning Center’s manufacturing study. To the south, the area will extend to the base of the Gansevoort Historic District at Horatio Street. Our study area, larger than that of City Planning, will give us the ability to consider not only what happens within the boundaries imagined for the site, but also what the broader implications might be of any redevelopment strategy.000 Primary topics under examination will be: Zoning & Urban Design – examining City Planning’s strategy for the area in the context of community needs, market demands and related zoning and land use proposals.
Useful Resources:
The Department of City Planning’s Hudson Yards Master Plan: Preferred Directions
Chelsea Rezoning Plan
NYC 2012: Bringing the Olympic Games to the World’s Second Home
Christine Quinn, City Council Member, Manhattan’s District 3
New York League of Conservation Voters, District 3 Profile
The Design Trust for Public Space
Manhattan Community Board 4
Transportation Projects – including potential alignments, ferry connections and the progress on the new Penn Station redevelopment to determine the feasibility and desirability of potential outcomes in the area.
Useful resources:
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority – Planning Studies
The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Penn Station redevelopment
Waterfront and Open Space – building on new connections forged to the river by Hudson River Park, preserving and improving irreplaceable resources like the High Line, and examining how open space proposals might serve the needs of new and existing development.
Useful Resources:
Hudson River Park
Friends of the High Line
NYC 2012: Bringing the Olympic Games to the World’s Second Home