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When I started in this business in the late 1990s, I witnessed first hand the impact that a rezoning could have on an area. Back then flee markets and parking lots lined Sixth Avenue north of 23rd Street. It was zoned for manufacturing use, so building ground up was not economically viable.

In an effort to stimulate the area, City Planning rezoned these blocks in 1999 to C6-4X, which allowed for high density residential. Shortly thereafter, several thirty story towers seemed to go up overnight, completely transforming the area. Without question, the land values more than doubled as a result. Owners of smaller properties on the side streets also benefited, as new retail and residential brought life to the area.

Today, property values are still greatly impacted by zoning changes. Nick Petkoff and I recently sold 449 Washington Street in TriBeCa with the help of Douglas Elliman, who represented the buyer. The property is a 25’ wide loft building with a curb cut, a recording studio, and a caretaker’s unit. Under the previous M1 zoning, only a small apartment was allowed for the owner’s use....

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Neighborhoods: TriBeCa