Eyes are again on the M-1 zone in Crown Heights
  • http://www.wnyc.org/story/places-new-york-where-you-cant-build-highrises/

    ...the zone is quickly evolving from a manufacturing uses (ie auto body repair) to commercial and entertainment

    Photo: Brownstoner
  • Did you see this in the comments? That's interesting.

    "The Ridgewood Local Development Corp (RLDC) has asked City Planning to rezone our M-1 zones to MX, i.e, a special mfging zone, that would require the first two flrs to be light mfging, and allow a max of three additional flrs of residential. There are two other caveats:(1) the entire bldg, both industrial and residential must be a condo, and (2) each condo space must be affordable to local residents and businesses to purchase"
  • I am not aware of successful attempts to mandate a maximum selling price of a private property, even in exchange for preferable zoning.

    These old industrial buildings are not HDFC coops.


  • Press:

    "Crown Heights is one of the fastest — if not the fastest — gentrifying neighborhoods in New York City, and the building of condos and rentals there can be a very profitable endeavor. (Just ask anyone named Boaz Gilad.) There are dozens of residential projects in the works, and even the Times has taken notice, dedicating an entire article to the up-and-coming Brooklyn neighborhood, sacrificing space that they could have used writing about people in Williamsburg who wear hats. In short, Crown Heights is going to be very crowded, and very pricy, very soon, which explains why developers are now complaining that there are parts of the neighborhood they're not allowed to residentially develop. A WNYC article focuses on the area east of the Barclays Center, which is zoned for industrial use and features mostly one-story warehouses, garages, and the like. This, according to development types, is a real shame because people would totally pay a lot of money to live there, and God forbid a single corner of Crown Heights doesn't look like this."

  • We'll probably get some hotels here soon, too. They're really common in the Garment District, and there's a few in Gowanus too. They show up because they're one of the more profitable uses of M-zoned land.
  • If this is what it takes to get the parked cars off the sidewalks so the area is more efficient let the rezoning begin. Perhaps some simple policing of the businesses there would straighten the area out and make it  more productive rather than a sprawling parking lot for commuters who workout deals to park near auto repair shops.
  • I predict that once the owners of entites in the M1 zone (like Global Square and Berg'n) complain that potential profit is being lost to derelict cars, there will be occasional parades.

    ...Tow truck parades.


    BTW, Brownstoner picked up this piece as well:

  • I mean cars on the sidewalk, the drivers are derelict ones.
  • @dawndew -

    Most of those autobody shops do not own their sites.   Here's just a sample of the rents they are now being told to pay: 

    They can't pay those kind of rents, so they are rapidly closing when their lease comes up for renewal.

    Likewise, those who own their sites are tempted to sell, and perhaps buy a similar shop in a far cheaper neighborhood and pocket the difference.  [...or retire to Florida.]

  • Have you ever looked into those shops? they are filled often with dust covered cars NOT being repaired. Poor business practice all around. the sucessful ones are organized and use the space they have rented.
  • I suspect you are imagining that these cars have been dropped off by a customer, who is awaiting the return of their repaired car.

    In actuality, many of these cars were purchased by the autobody shops as wrecks and -once repaired- will be sold to a used car dealer. These cars sit around for a long time because they exist as a "second priority".

    The first priority are cars which are being repaired for people who actually own them, love them, and have the means to pay for the repair. These cars are in and out relatively quickly.

    So, their business practices are better than they appear: They always have work to do; Some of the vehicles just don't pay as well as others.
  • Despite over 6 months passing, CB8 continues to try to figure out what uses it want DCP and DOB to allow in the M1 zone, in light of it being several decades since said defintions were updated.


    Previously the home to car repair shops and metal working, the zone is rapidly becoming host to more profitable manufacturing (?) uses such as gyms, The Brooklyn Flea and arts spaces.

    Note, this isn't a critque of CB8's efforts. They have now created a manifesto of what they would like allowed, and will hopefully give it to DCP after the CB8 Feb 2015 meeting.

    They will next meet on Feb 5, and then again on Feb 12. http://www.brooklyncb8.org/meetings/

  • There are reportedly 21 such zones in NYC, and the council speaker wants to preserve most (if not all) of them:

    Is a fight between her and DeBlasio's "as long as it includes subsidized housing units build, baby, build" plan coming?

    Can we at least allow the M-1 zones to officially have more commercial uses, and/or greater height than they do now?

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