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Inwood rezoning safe

Inwood Rezoning (Credit: NYC Data)

The state’s highest court rejected a community coalition’s bid to revive its legal fight against Inwood’s rezoning, according to The Real Deal. The neighborhood is one of six the mayor has rezoned as part of his Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program. 

  • Backdrop: The City Council approved Inwood’s rezoning in August 2018, but opponents quickly filed a lawsuit fighting the change. Last December, supporters and opponents alike were shocked when Supreme Court Justice Verna Saunders nullified the rezoning. The city appealed, and in July, a five-judge panel voted unanimously to revive the rezoning. 
  • New development projects now in the clear: Joy Construction and Maddd Equities are planning a 611-apartment building at 3875 Ninth Avenue. Had the rezoning failed, the duo would have no choice but to develop the land under its manufacturing zoning.
  • Heard on the Street: Joy Construction’s Eli Weiss told TRD that as the city grapples with the economic devastation wrought by the pandemic, elected officials need to encourage this type of private investment. “It is very important that there is foreseeability in development in New York… This ruling reaffirms that the city conducted the rezoning appropriately.” [TRD]

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