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Old Posted Feb 15, 2013, 2:50 AM
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Bloomberg will see that this gets pushed through...

(today's state of the city address)

"We'll take the same approach - historic preservation balanced with new development - in East Midtown. Right now, zoning regulations around Grand Central effectively prohibit development of even a few iconic new buildings - even though the area has the best mass transit links in the entire country. If we do nothing, the area will cease to be a world-class business district, and we'll lose out on good jobs and tax revenues.

"So this year, we'll work with Borough President Stringer and Council Member Garodnick to rezone the area to allow for a select number of new buildings to rise in the decades ahead, while preserving its historic character. And the new buildings will pay into a mass transit fund so we can relieve some of the pedestrian bottlenecks and congestion in and around Grand Central.

"Two weeks ago, we celebrated Grand Central's 100th birthday - thanks to Jackie Kennedy Onassis and so many others who stepped forward and saved it in the 1970s. Now it's up to us to ensure that the area around it remains a vital part of our city's growth for the next 100 years.

"We won't rush the re-zoning - but we won't allow obstructionists to run out the clock, either. This is too important for our future. And given all the politics and special interests, if we don't do it this year, it may never get done. We can't let that happen.
NEW YORK heals.

“Office buildings are our factories – whether for tech, creative or traditional industries we must continue to grow our modern factories to create new jobs,” said United States Senator Chuck Schumer.