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Don’t Let This Landlord Put Yet Another Bar in His Building, CB Members Tell City

A rendering of the proposed new development at 255 East Houston Street.

A rendering of the proposed new development at 255 East Houston Street.

Embattled developer Samy Mahfar wants the city to rezone a stretch of East Houston Street so that a restaurant can open inside of a building he plans to put up there. The problem: a daycare was previously at the address, and members of Community Board 3 think the booze-soaked Lower East Side could use another doctor’s office instead of more liquor. That became readily apparent at a meeting of the board’s zoning committee Wednesday night.

Mahfar plans to erect a 13-story building at 255 East Houston Street, which is part of a 2008 zoning that prohibits commercial uses in the area. He’s requesting a rezoning that would map a commercial overlay in what’s currently a residential district, along two and a half blocks on the south side of East Houston Street between Norfolk Street and the midblock between Clinton Street and Attorney Street. That would make the proposed 13-story building at 255 East Houston Street mixed use.

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CB 3: Is It Time to Limit the Number of Bars, Banks and Chains On the Block?

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

While the city council was busy debating high-level zoning changes to promote affordable housing, Community Board 3 also engaged in the ongoing effort to battle the effects of the city’s red-hot real estate market, putting forward ideas for new zoning to preserve downtown Manhattan’s traditionally vibrant retail scene.

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DOB Will Get a Wake-Up Call Regarding Weekend Construction at Domino Site

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Members of Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 are expressing “outrage” that the Department of Buildings is allowing the developer of the Domino Sugar site to build on weekends, potentially disrupting Williamsburgers from sleeping in on Saturdays.
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