With the city's new unofficial motto of "Let no rail yard go undeveloped!," it should come as no surprise that a proposal is being floated to rezone a 100-acre manufacturing area in Inwood, which includes the neighborhood's 207th Street rail yard, into a tech and industrial hub. Crain's and DNAinfo report that City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez is calling for a rezoning in the hopes of bringing residential, commercial and retail development to the area, with no small part of that dedicated to affordable housing. Sure, the project sounds economically infeasible, but Rodriguez believes that if the MTA were to sell some of its air rights it would gain enough to finance the pricey platform build-out over the rail yards that stretch from 207th to 215th streets and between Tenth Avenue and the Harlem River. Rodriguez has referred to the development as a "win-win" situation, because it would be a boon to the area, and perhaps bring with it niceties like supermarkets and a school while displacing "no one."
· Northern Manhattan rail yard eyed for housing, tech [Crain's]
· Plan Would Transform Swath of Inwood Into Tech and Health-Care Hub [DNAinfo]
· All Sunnyside Yards coverage [Curbed]