Dec. 12, 2017 By Christian Murray
The company behind the push to rezone a 15-acre section of land surrounding Anable Basin will be presenting its plans to the public Thursday as part of the early stages of the rezoning process.
Plaxall, the plastics manufacturing firm and large Hunters Point landholder, plans to establish a special mixed-use zoning district in Hunters Point.
The zone would be called the Special Anable Basin District that would be bordered by 44th Drive and 45th Avenue to the north, Vernon Boulevard to the east, 46th road to the south, and 5th Street and East River to the west.
The 15-acre area is currently zoned for manufacturing, with some low-density residential. The rezoning would permit manufacturing as well as higher-density residential and commercial.
As part of the rezoning process, a document called the Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared that will evaluate the impact the rezoning would have on the environment and infrastructure—from schools, open space, roads, flooding and more.
That document is what city officials and the community board will rely on as they review the rezoning application as part of the ULURP process.
The meeting Thursday is part of the “scoping process” where the Department of City Planning will solicit feedback from the public as to what should be studied when the city evaluates the impact the rezoning would have on the area. Comments made during the meeting are often incorporated as to what will be studied by city agencies.
Interested parties also have until Dec. 26 to submit comments to the Dept. of City Planning.
The preparation of the document ensures that the potential environment impacts are fully identified and studied.
The rezoning would permit Plaxall to build eight mixed-use buildings—including a 65-story tower—that would consist of nearly 5,000 residential units, light manufacturing and retail space.
The event will involve a presentation from Plaxall, feedback from officials and community board members and then comments from the public.
Attendees have 3 minutes to speak.
The scoping meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 14 at City University of New York School of Law, 2 Court Square West, LIC at 5 pm