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East Midtown Rezoning Plan Approved by City Planning Commission

(DNAINFO)  Shaye Weaver | June 9, 2017 — City Planning officials approved a plan to rezone a slice of Midtown East to allow for taller buildings.

The City Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the Midtown East Rezoning Plan, which will permit developers to build higher as long as they make required contributions to the public — like money for transit improvements, buying development rights from adjacent landmarks and creating public plazas on their properties.

The rezoning will affect 78 blocks: from 57th Street to the north, 39th Street to the south, Third Avenue to the east, and Madison Avenue to the west, the plans show.

Some of the projects benefiting the public have already been approved by the Department of City Planning and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including a new entrance at the Lexington Ave.-59th Street subway station and improved disability access at the 42nd Street Bryant Park station, according to a document outlining the plan.

Source: East Midtown Rezoning Plan Approved by City Planning Commission – Midtown East – DNAinfo New York