On Deck for de Blasio-Style Rezoning: Jerome Avenue in the Bronx

The de Blasio Administration's next big rezoning push will occur in the southwest Bronx.

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September 8, 2016, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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The long, straight spine of Jerome Avenue is visible in this aerial photo of The Bronx. | Ajay Tallam / Wikimedia Commons

"After scoring a win for his affordable housing policy with rezoning of East New York, Mayor de Blasio is setting his sights on the Bronx’s Jerome Avenue," according to an article by Audrey Wachs.

"The Department of City Planning (DCP) released preliminary documents that outline plans to rezone a 73-block area of the southwest Bronx," adds Wachs. "The Special Jerome Avenue District [pdf] is centered on its namesake street, the area’s bustling commercial spine that teems with mom-and-pop auto body shops beneath the steel canopy of the 4 train."

The article includes more detail and analysis on the proposed rezoning.

Rebecca Baird-Remba broke the news about the rezoning potentially contentious proposal. As for the substance of the proposal, Baird-Remba writes:

The city wants to encourage the construction of large, mixed-use residential buildings, which will bring new retail, community services, and thousands of affordable apartments. DCP predicts that the rezoning will inject 3,250 new apartments into the area, 72,273 square feet of community facility space, and 35,575 square feet of commercial/retail space.

For those keeping score at home, the rezoning would also implement the city's new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing policy on all 73 of the blocks in the plan area.

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