The nation’s largest city looked to VHB’s engineering and planning experts to guide a 78-block, massive rezoning project that is transforming Greater East Midtown into the center of business in Manhattan and pouring new life to one of the largest job centers and high profile business addresses in the world. A planning process of this size and stature requires experts who dream and do. The VHB team worked with the city and its citizens to craft a shared vision for Midtown, with equal focus on housing, community resources, economic and workforce development, and transportation and infrastructure. The rezoning includes a commitment to public space that lives side-by-side with new office buildings and preserved historic landmarks so residents and visitors experience investments in subway stations, less congested sidewalks and vast plazas for workers. As part of the project, we teamed with the New York City Department of City Planning and New York City Economic Development Corporation to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the zoning text and zoning map amendments. Zoning changes were approved for a 78-block area of Midtown Manhattan to facilitate the construction of approximately 16 new office buildings over the next 20 years, totaling 6 million square feet of new commercial development. This new space ensures the area’s continuing role as a premier economic engine. The project was selected by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Metropolitan Section of New York and New Jersey as the 2017 Project of the Year for its transportation significance in the high-profile district. The New York Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies also awarded the project its 2018 Platinum Award.
Greater East Midtown Rezoning EIS
New York, New York
New York City Department of City Planning
New York City Economic Development Corporation
CEQR Documentation & Analysis
Environmental Impact Statement
Traffic Impact Analysis