Residents voice concern over new zoning plan slated for Port Morris
Residents voiced their opinions Monday before the City Council about a rezoning proposal in Port Morris that has some concerned that rents in the area could skyrocket.
The city is proposing to rezone an 11-block area south of Bruckner Boulevard from Park Avenue to the Triborough Bridge so manufacturing businesses and residents can co-exist. The plan also calls for filling hundreds of vacant buildings with new apartments.
Residents say they want to make sure that the proposal does not affect the last remaining affordable area in the Bronx. City officials say the plan is not about new development, but rather about using existing space. Private owners are being offered incentives to keep rents low.
The City Council is reviewing the testimony and will decide on the zoning changes in the coming weeks.