Harlem community board pushes for more landmarks, restricted development

Manhattan Community Board 10 has devised a plan to landmark more Harlem properties in nine study areas and make development around the neighborhood more uniform, NY1 reported. It has been approved by the community board and awaits an eventual vote from the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Department of City Planning.

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The proposal includes a range of landmark distinctions, such as “individual” landmarks based on building exteriors, interiors and scenic and historic districts, such as the extensions of Strivers Row and Mount Morris Park. It also has a rezoning addition that would make it necessary for all neighborhood construction to fit the neighborhood’s scale and context. There are currently no height limits in Harlem.

“We could have a brownstone of four, five stories and right next to it, a 28-story tower, which is contextually out of character,” CB10 Land Use Chair Stanley Gleaton told NY1. [NY1]