By Brendan Krisel, Patch Staff
HARLEM, NY — Central Harlem's community board will oppose a developer-led plan to rezone Lenox Terrace in order to build five high-rise towers containing 1,600 new units on the grounds of the multi-block apartment complex.
The board passed a resolution Wednesday night objecting to the planned development, citing a number of concerns with the project. Chief among the concerns was the size of the rezoning and its potential to bring a new wave of gentrification to Harlem.
The Olnick Organization — which has owned Lenox Terrace since its construction in 1958 — applied to upzone Lenox Terrace's zoning to a C6-2 district, which would allow for the construction of five new 28-story buildings with a mix of residential and retail uses. The sprawling complex — bounded by Lenox Avenue, Fifth Avenue, West 132nd Street and West 135th Street — already contains about 1,700 apartments, many of which are rent-stabilized.