The storefront crusade, which has gained immense support and traction over the past few weeks, might be spreading to a few other neighborhoods in the city.
Community boards in the East Village, Tribeca, and on the Upper East Side have looked into expanding the anti-big box policies in their own territory, Crain’s reports:
Lower Manhattan’s CB1 intends to examine the Upper West Side proposal as it contemplates storefront restrictions in north TriBeCa. Discussions held by the Upper East Side’s CB8 in February have led the board to plan to examine potential zoning changes aimed at protecting mom-and-pops.
Businesses are not quite as happy and claim that the legislation is “endangering not just chain stores but small businesses looking to expand.” Some have suggested compromises that will only limit new or expanding buildings, but Gale Brewer, councilwoman on the Upper West Side pushing the bill, said that such a compromise will not protect small stores, Crain’s noted.
But critics stand firm that such legislation is harmful to the city. A real estate industry source commented to Crain’s that “The Department of City Planning is going to have difficulty putting this genie back in the bottle. Squelching the growth of successful small retailers may be a lasting legacy of the Bloomberg administration.”
Smaller storefronts? Smaller profits! Or something like that.