Oppose the Plan to Rezone Chelsea Market
  • Petitioned NYC Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden

This petition was delivered to:

NYC Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden
NYC Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio
NYS Senator Tom Duane
NYS Assemblymember Deborah Glick
Borough President Scott Stringer
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Oppose the Plan to Rezone Chelsea Market

    1. Petition by

      Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation

From the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Save Chelsea, Chelsea Council of Block Associations, The Chelsea-Village Partnership, and the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club:

The new owners of Chelsea Market are seeking a zoning change to allow them to build a very large office building atop the 10th Avenue end of the complex, and a very large hotel on the 9th Avenue end. Currently they cannot build more upon this already very densely-developed site, and this will only happen if they convince the Borough President, the City Planning Commission, and the City Council to change the zoning regulations for their block to allow them to build (for images of the proposed additions to Chelsea Market, see here.

The Chelsea Market complex, built in stages from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries as a factory for Nabisco, is a stunningly successful example of adaptive re-use, which respected the history of these buildings while giving them new life. This new plan would undo that respectful relationship, as these huge new additions would literally loom over the historic buildings as well as the nearby High Line park.

Additionally, the surrounding West Chelsea and Meatpacking District neighborhoods have developed tremendously in recent years; in the case of West Chelsea, this is because the City upzoned the neighborhood in 2005 to encourage the tremendous amount of development seen around there now. This part of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District do NOT need a further upzoning that would add traffic and shadows, ruin a historic complex, and further tip the balance of this neighborhood towards commercialization and overly-dense, large-scale development.

Recent signatures


    1. Meeting re: possible zoning changes in Chlesea and Meatpacking District

      I wanted to make you aware of an important Community Board #4 meeting this Monday, January 14th at 6:30 pm in the Community Room at 353 W. 30th Street (8th/9th) where the possibility of further zoning changes in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District will be discussed.
      As part of the recent deal to upzone Chelsea Market, City Council Speaker
      Christine Quinn has gotten the City to agree to consider similar changes to the zoning for several neighboring areas, including the south side of 15th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, the east side of 10th Avenue between 14th and 15th Street, the blocks bounded by 15th and 17th Streets, 10th and 11th Avenues, and the blocks bounded by 22nd and 29th Streets, 11th and 12th Avenues.
      We believe it is imperative to find out more about this proposal while still in its early stage.

    2. Full City Council Approves Chelsea Market Upzoning

      This afternoon the full City Council voted to upzone Chlesea Market to allow the construction of two large structures atop the historic complex. GVSHP and a large coalition of neighborhood, preservation, tenant, and affordable housing groups opposed the plan (http://bit.ly/STEHe7). While our collective advocacy was able to help effect some changes to the plan, the planned development will nevertheless compromise this beloved New York landmark, exacerbate traffic and congestion in one of the most overdeveloped neighborhoods in our city, and shadow the High Line park. You can read more about the decision in an op-ed which appears in the current issue of Chelsea Now, "Chelsea Market Should Not Have Been Upzoned," (http://bit.ly/UFcrvi). I want to personally thank everyone who wrote letters, sent e-mails, and attended hearings, press conferences, and rallies on this issue. You can find out more about Chelsea Market and the effort to preserve it: gvshp.org/chmkt

      GVSHP | Preservation

      We believe that a proposed rezoning and resultant large-scale additions to the complex should not be approved by the City. The additions would mar the historic integrity of the complex and loom over the adjacent High Line. They would also be highly visible over the adjacent low-rise Gansevoort Market Historic District.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Gwen Kelly NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I have lived in Chelsea for over 40 years and am fed up with the gentrification, which I feel has gone too far. Chelsea has changed so much that it doesn't feel like a "neighborhood" anymore. Too many people and too much damn commerce. Money, money, money. What about some QUALITY?

    • Thea Pires JERSEY CITY, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      Tired of the corruption. Tired of seeing historic New York City destroyed.

    • Julieth Ortiz REGO PARK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Love the uniqueness and historic preservation of Chelsea Market, besides all the shops inside.

    • Franklin Lowe NY, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Our transit system sewerage system are amongst a long list of reasons. Not all change and growth is good, and this change certainly is not good for the community.

    • Kathy Bierman NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      The design is absolutely atrocious. Another building blocking light and air flow and creating further congestion is NOT needed or wanted by those who live here.


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