http://www.vhb.com/Lists/VHB News/DispForm.aspx?ID=744City Approves Greater East Midtown Rezoning New York, New Yok2017-08-14T04:00:00Z<p><img src="/PublishingImages/News/Press%20Releases/2017/News_PR_NYC-GEM-2_14Aug17.png" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:10px;" />A milestone years in the making was achieved last week when the New York City Council approved the Greater East Midtown Rezoning plan—the largest rezoning in Manhattan since Hudson Yards in 2004. As one of the highest profile business addresses in the world, East Midtown currently contains more than 60 million square feet of office space, 250,000 jobs, and numerous Fortune 500 companies. Rezoning the 78-block area will provide 6.5 million gross square feet of office space, 140,000 gross square feet of retail space, and a decrease in hotel and residential uses—confirming the area’s future as a world-class business district and major job generator for New York City. </p><p>As a Mayoral priority project, the Greater East Midtown Rezoning included an aggressive six-month schedule for completion of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). VHB worked closely with the New York City Department of City Planning to advance this project from DEIS to Final EIS, through the public review process, and, ultimately, in achieving City Council approval. The decision comes after years of effort. In 2013, the rezoning of a 70-block area of East Midtown was withdrawn due to lack of City Council support. Since then, the East Midtown Steering Committee was formed, including representatives from community boards, real estate and business interests, and citywide civil and labor organizations. </p><p>“Cross-agency collaboration proved key to getting the Greater East Midtown Rezoning plan off the ground again,” said VHB Project Manager Nancy Doon. “The VHB team collaborated with the City’s technical resources and zoning experts on a daily basis. This project also required extensive coordination and data sharing with the New York City Departments of Transportation, Environmental Protection, and Parks & Recreation, as well as the Landmarks Preservation Commission.”  </p><p>VHB provided a full range of environmental, transportation, and civil engineering services, including traffic analyses at 119 intersections, evaluation of pedestrian conditions at more than 200 areas (sidewalks, crosswalks, corners), and consideration of 202 sunlight sensitive resources for the shadows analysis. The collaborative process resulted in a new blueprint for development that will help the Central Business District maximize the full potential to generate jobs and tax revenues. The rezoning plan, which includes provisions for transit and public realm improvements, will not only benefit Greater East Midtown, but all of New York City.​</p><p>Connect with Nancy Doon at <a href="mailto:NDoon@vhb.com">NDoon@vhb.com</a> or (212) 857-7312 to learn more about VHB’s environmental services. </p>