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In the Rezone

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Proponents of the Midtown East rezoning are now arguing that tearing down aging, inefficient buildings would be better for greening the city than trying to preserve them. A new report by an environmental consulting group found that "a building that is torn down can be rebuilt with 44% more square footage and still use 5% less energy. The bottom line is that the energy needed to tear down and rebuild a tower could be offset by energy savings from the new structure in 15 to 28 years." This pretty much contradicts every energy-related argument of preservationists. [Crain's; previously]