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West Harlem Getting Ready for the Next Columbia

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It's a little late to help the residents of Manhattanville fight back against Columbia's expansion this time, but hey, next time they'll be ready! The Observer and DNAinfo report that a promised rezoning of the area meant to protect against similar future development is finally happening. It would be Manhattan's largest rezoning, covering a nearly 100-block area between Riverside Drive and St. Nicholas Avenue on the west and east and 125th and 155th streets on the north and south. The proposed rezoning would encourage more commercial development in some areas, increase the allowed height of buildings to 12 or 17 stories, and allow new residential construction (but no neighbor-baiting sliver buildings). But maybe a few more fence removals would have made all this unnecessary.
· Bowing for Columbia: West Harlem Gets the Protection It's Been Waiting For [NYO]
· West Harlem Proposes New Rezoning Plan in Wake of Columbia Land Grab [DNAinfo]
· Columbia Expansion coverage [Curbed]

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