Residents fear rezoning of Port Morris will turn area into the new Soho

Residents are concerned that the ongoing effort to rezone and rehabilitate parts of Port Morris will turn the area into the next Soho.

For almost a decade, the city has been working to make changes in Port Morris. In 1997, the City Planning Commission created the Port Morris Special Mixed Use District, which it says has been a success. The commission says it has brought back a number of residential units and retail space.

Now, the commission wants to expand the district to 11 surrounding blocks from Park Avenue to Willow Avenue just past the Triborough Bridge. The plan has already been approved but some community groups believe it will drive up the cost of rent. They fear any new housing created won't be affordable.

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