Rezoning for East Village, LES approved

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The City Council approved the 111-block rezoning in the East Village and Lower East Side yesterday. The zone runs from Grand to 13th streets, bounded by the Bowery and Avenue D. The rezoning limits building heights to 80 feet on side streets and 120 feet on main streets. In a statement, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the rezoning “will prevent new out-of-scale towers from undermining the existing building stock and established streetscapes.” He also said the rezoning will create an opportunity for new and affordable housing to come to wider streets, and expects the rezoning to spur development of 1,670 additional housing units over the next 10 years.