October 24, 2014 by westsideneighborhoodalliance
“Harlem may be getting its own version of the High Line,” DNAinfo reported last week. “The proposed project — dubbed the Harlem Promenade — would create an elevated park over a portion of the Amtrak rail lines that run along the West Side Highway.”
According to DNAinfo, West Harlem resident Daniel Cohen (who works at the Housing Partnership, a nonprofit that promotes affordable housing) hatched the idea on his way home while he was looking at the rail line that separates the community from the Hudson River.
The plan involves a transferal of air rights, which could reportedly raise up to $170 million to fund the project.
“The proposal would move the air rights to Broadway and set up a special district that would bring in 2,000 units of affordable housing to West Harlem,” DNAinfo reported. “It’s been done before — in Chelsea’s High Line district and Midtown’s theater district. The difference is that developers used those zones to build luxury condos and hotels, not affordable housing.”
This special district zone would require developers to stick to a 50-50 split of market rate and affordable housing units, potentially bringing 2,000 units of affordable housing to the area.