City Council set to approve de Blasio’s SoHo, NoHo ‘racial justice’ zoning

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Santanista is coming to town – again.

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The city council is set to overwhelmingly approve Mayor de Blasio’s push to use zoning as a “racial justice” tool in two of the Big Apple’s poshest neighborhoods — SoHo and NoHo.

The move would allow de Blasio to sign the measure into law, before he and most of the council members who would approve it leave office at the end of the month, allowing housing development in a district that has just completed a new Voted in representative. Opposing the plan.

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Final approval is expected during this city council’s last meeting next week, as most of its members prepare to depart under the city’s term-limits law.

It will mark the latest in a string of efforts by de Blasio to pack the city with controversial measures before leaving office, for which the Post labeled him “Santanista Claus” on its front page on Tuesday.

The city council is set to approve Mayor de Blasio’s push to use zoning as a “racial justice” tool in Soho and NoHo.
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Those efforts include a vaccine mandate for all private employers, legalized drug dens and getting rid of the city’s gifted and gifted school program.

Outgoing councilwoman Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) represents the bulk of SoHo and NoHo covered by upzoning and widely supports efforts to bring more housing to the region.

In his place, Chris Marte is a vocal opponent.

“This is what de Blasio has done from time to time,” said elected councilor Marte. “They don’t care what the population of the district cares about.

Council member-elect Christopher Marte
Council-members-elect are opposed to Christopher Marte de Blasio’s rezoning plan.
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“We won a landslide victory in every single electoral district. [this] Reasoning,” he said. “People really know about it and care about it.”

Details of the hotly debated plan remain in flux with a vote only a week away, as politically savvy community activists enter with a last-ditch campaign to cut the number of new apartments allowed in NoHo, documents show. .

Instead, the changes outlined in a letter sent out this week by NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders – a group led by prominent anti-development activist Zella Jones – will dramatically boost the amount of new office space allowed. Much of that new development will be concentrated along the Bowery on the eastern edge of Noho.

In turn, housing activists have pressured their own counter-offensive, Council President Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan), who also quits on December 31, to maintain or promote the current proposed housing levels.

Graphic showing some general outline of proposed SoHo rezoning from this week's city planning meeting, about Mayor de Blasio's controversial plan to add thousands of new apartments in Manhattan's posh SoHo and NoHo neighborhoods that were limited during his tenure last year .
Reasoning will lead to new development in the district.

Aaron Carr, executive director of Housing Rights, said, “It would be a great shame if one of the last acts of Corey Johnson’s speech is cutting housing and affordable housing in the wealthiest neighborhoods in the wealthiest country on planet Earth.” ” Initiative.

“If he goes through it, he can take his claims of progressivism and flush them straight down the toilet.”

Jones declined to comment.

De Blasio’s plan, as originally proposed, called for a change in zoning that would potentially allow 3,200 new apartments in a pair of neighborhoods – with 800 separate for middle- and low-income families. Units are included.

City hall planners argue that the proposal would dramatically diversify wealthy and white neighborhoods, where no new rent-stable housing has been built in decades.

There is limited space in Soho/NoHo where new development is possible as most of the area is covered by the city’s historic preservation laws.

That means most future construction is likely to take place on the parking lot, involving two owned by the once-defunct top donor led by de Blasio, a connection opponents often point out.

Soho/Noho Resonating Hearing
Neighborhood activists say the plan would actually jeopardize the limited affordable housing that currently exists in Soho and NoHo.
William C. Lopez/NYPOST

Neighborhood activists – such as Marte – have also offered several other arguments against upzoning, claiming that it will produce insufficient amounts of housing and, conversely, that it threatens the small affordable housing that still exists. Present in Soho/Noho.

De Blasio prioritized the plan after the death of George Floyd when his deputy mayor for housing, Vicki Bean, publicly pitched the proposal as a way to ease segregation.

“The pandemic and the movement for racial justice make clear that all neighborhoods must put their weight up to providing safe, affordable housing options,” Bean said.

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