NYC considering massive mixed-use development for Governors Island

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New York City will hold a public hearing this month on its plans to rezone Governors Island’s former military base for a proposed mixed-use development.

The city plans to unlock up to 4.5 million-sq.-ft. of commercial, academic, cultural and institutional development.

“Thanks to almost a decade’s worth of substantial city and philanthropic investment, Governors Island is already a destination for recreation, relaxation and culture for nearly a million visitors annually. This rezoning represents the next step in marrying the Island’s rich history with its future role as a global hub for convening, the arts, tech, and education,” Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for Housing and Economic Development, said in a statement.

The proposed rezoning covers 33 acres on the southern half of Governors Island, across two zones previously established for new development as part of a 2010 Park and Public Space Master Plan. The sites include a seven-acre parcel on the western side of the Island with sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and an expansive 26 acre parcel on the island’s eastern shore that together have 4.5 million-sq.-ft. of development potential.

Environmental review and scoping for the South Island rezoning will begin this month. A public hearing will be held on Sept. 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South St. in Lower Manhattan.

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