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Washington Heights Residents Are Not Happy About a Proposed 23-Story Building

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Current zoning only allows an 18-story building, but the city wants to take it to 23 stories

Residents have made it clear that they do not want a proposed 23-story building to go up at the corner of 4650 Broadway, at the corner of Sherman Avenue in Washington Heights. DNAinfo reports developer Washington Square Partners presented the plan for a 335-unit rent-stabilized building with 112 affordable units last week at a meeting with residents and members of Community Board 12’s Land Use Committee. Nobody in attendance voted for the plan. Some were worried about overpopulation and some were worried about families being displaced.

Even if everyone in attendance loved the proposal, it would still be greater than zoning allows and could only go forward if Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) program is adopted by the City Council. Without it, the maximum height allowed would be 18 stories, the report said. YIMBY reported in January that without rezoning, the developer would go with a 10-story, 172-unit, market-rate building. DNAinfo said that Paul Travis, the developer’s managing partner, would go back to the drawing board without rezoning.

Inwood Residents Shoot Down Plan for 'Atrocious' 23-Story Building [DNAinfo]

First Look: 4650 Broadway, 23-Story Apartment Building In Washington Heights [YIMBY]