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The proposed zoning would ban any commercial development at all in the area, with the exception of “community uses,” like medical offices and daycares. More importantly for the Gamma project, the rezoning would also impose a height cap on new buildings, limiting projects to 260 feet, or about 25 stories—a major change for the neighborhood.
“[In 2015] these buildings weren’t up,” Levine tells Curbed. “Now, everyone can look up in the sky and see exactly the impact on Central Park that we had feared. … The threat is no longer hypothetical.”
the bill calls for the task force to study projects that have the potential to cast shadows, and issue recommendations to the mayor (which could include proposed changes to developments).