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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.