Vote On Lenox Terrace Rezoning Plan Threatens Historic Central Harlem Neighborhood

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 6 pm, in Harlem, NY, Community Board 10, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building (163 W. 125 Street, 2nd floor in art gallery).

The board will hold a vote on the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) proposal to commercially rezone the Lenox Terrace neighborhood and allow for the construction of luxury towers and overscale retail stores. The rezoning application, filed by the Olnick Organization, has been strongly opposed by both the Lenox Terrace Association of Concerned Tenants (LT-ACT) and local elected leaders, including City Council Member Bill Perkins, Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams, State Senator Brian A. Benjamin, Assemblymember Inez Dickens, and former Gov. David A. Paterson, a proud resident of Lenox Terrace. Both LT-ACT and the Olnick Organization will make presentations on Wednesday, before the same day vote.

The Lenox Terrace site has enormous cultural and historical significance as a center of African-American culture in Harlem. The Olnick Organization has asked the City to rezone Lenox Terrace from the current residential zoning (R7-2) to a C6-2 designation, which is “normally found in the central business district and regional commercial centers,” according to the City’s Zoning Resolution. Olnick is simultaneously the defendant in a class-action lawsuit by current Lenox Terrace tenants for illegally taking units out of rent stabilization while claiming a tax abatement for affordable housing.

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