City planning chair wants ‘flexibility’ for commercial buildings

The Adams administration’s top city planner said his office is exploring ways to allow commercial space in business districts to be converted to residential properties, in part to create more affordable housing.

Dan Garodnick, chairman of the city Planning Commission, told the City Council’s land use committee Wednesday that the administration is studying rezoning in commercial neighborhoods that have been disproportionately affected by low foot traffic and high vacancies during the Covid-19 pandemic. Revised zoning laws are necessary to facilitate the certificate-of-occupancy changes needed to convert floors or entire commercial properties to residential units when properties are zoned only for commercial use, Timothy King, founder of SVN CPEX

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