A major plan to rezone East Harlem is one step closer to becoming a reality.
This comes after City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito — who also represents the area — signed off on the plan.
The speaker agreed to the proposal after the de Blasio administration agreed to scale back building heights, something the community had been asking for.
"We had been able to lower it in areas where we felt context needed to be maintained," Mark-Viverito said. "We are still allowing for some additional density. That additional density will be primarily affordable housing for the community. And being able to absorb greater height where there was already height."
Many in the neighborhood opposed the original plan, arguing it would lead to luxury towers and gentrification. The agreement also includes additional money for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments in the area.
The plan is expected to be voted on by the full city council next week.