DENIED: Harlem Rezone

A developer's (Olnick) best pitch to rezone Harlem was denied. Olnick’s updated plan for Lenox Terrace calls for upgrades to existing buildings, six acres of open space, new building amenities for residents, professionally attended parking below the complex, 1,600 mixed-income apartments including approximately 400 affordable units and new neighborhood-focused retail. Ultimately it was denied by Manhattan Community Board 10. If the rezoning passed, the new residential towers would more than double the population density in the complex and chain retail stores like Target and Walmart could arrive in the neighborhood for the first time. There were concerns all over the proposal with emphasis on gentrification.

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