Community Board 10 voted to approve a rezoning plan Wednesday that would allow Artimus Construction to turn a historic church into apartments and a community art space.
Placing any type of blanket restriction on Morningside Heights would unnecessarily impede the growth and creativity inherent in Columbia's status as a world-class university.
Community Board 9 supported local preservationists who say Columbia is hurting the historic character of Morningside Heights by passing a resolution calling for rezoning that could limit University development in the neighborhood.
The majority of the resolution was approved without controversy, but the local community board successfully petitioned against upzoning, or loosening the height restrictions on buildings, one block of 145th Street.
The city's rezoning proposal, which is roughly five years in the making, is the first major effort to rezone West Harlem since 1961.
The proposal restricts the widths of most new storefronts along Amsterdam and Columbus avenues between 72nd and 110th streets to 40 feet, and banks on all three avenues to 25 feet.
A measure to restrict the width of storefronts along Broadway, Amsterdam, and Columbus avenus—an effort to protect small businesses—was amended to appeal some critics.
The proposal has garnered the support of a half-dozen local politicians, but many landlords and real estate agents took issue with what they have characterized as unnecessary and potentially harmful regulation.
The proposal, which restricts storefront limits to 40 feet along much of the Upper West Side, is now sent to city planning with the support of the community board and the borough president.
The proposal to restrict big-business storefronts passed a major hurdle on Tuesday, as the local community board overwhelming voted in favor of it.
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