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Locals worry that Inwood rezoning will create permanent shadow

New developments along a steep section of Broadway could throw some serious shade

August 14, 2016 11:00AM

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A street in Inwood

Central Park is no longer the only place where locals fear that tall towers will cast long shadows. Shade is being thrown all over NYC. In Inwood, a new zoning proposal has residents fearful of new tall buildings creating a permanent shadow.

The city’s Economic Development Corporation saw opposition at a recent hearing to discuss the controversial plan to rezone Inwood.

According to DNAinfo, locals said the agency’s plans would allow new high rises to grow along Broadway. They say that if those buildings are developed it would plunge existing buildings along Park Terrace East into darkness because of the area’s steep grade.

“In plotting out building heights on Broadway, EDC neglected to notice that Park Terrace East is a steep uphill grade from W. 218th St. going south,” said Gerard Dominach, a member of the co-op group Inwood Owners Coalition. “This is a problem for buildings at the bottom of Park Terrace East.”

Still, some said seemed unfazed by the possibility of the rezoning, arguing that it would boost property values.

“We’re being held back by very old zoning,” Brendan MacWade said, “If only for public access to the Harlem River, I support rezoning. It’s the last undeveloped coastline.” [DNAinfo]Christopher Cameron

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