Q: What is rezoning?

A: Zoning are rules that city has for what developers can build and where.  Rezoning is changing those rules.  Changing the zone of an area.

Q: What is a megatower?

A: A “megatower” or “supertower” is a building that is extremely tall buildings that are extremely disproportionate in height compared with surrounding buildings.  The Extell Tower is an example.

Q: Why does this group object to construction of megatowers in the waterfront?

A:  The construction of any megatower in our low to middle-income residential neighborhood will completely change the character and demographic of our community forever.  Not only will these megatowers stick out like a sore thumb amongst mid-rise buildings, the influx of uber luxury residents will only worsen the gentrification forces already in the Two Bridges and LES neighborhood.  We are trying to change the zoning of the waterfront to ensure that any future construction will conform and serve to the existing neighborhood and preserve the affordability and accessibility for its current residents.  We want to ensure that our neighborhood remains for the people who built it from the ground up and have created a vibrant and diverse community together.

Q: Will this proposal stop the proposed megatowers?

A: The rezoning will change the rules that currently allow developers to erect 60-100 story buildings in mid-rise low-income community.  Instead, Chinatown Working Group plan proposes for development, if built, to be done in context with what currently exists.  Concretely, this means height caps, more stringent demand for affordable housing, and anti-harassment protections. 


Q: How will this plan prevent secondary displacement?

A: This plan will increase the number of required affordable housing which will then limit the number of luxury units in the neighborhood.  Anti-harassment protections will also have a protective impact on secondary displacement.  Requiring special permits for hotels, big-box stores, and bars/clubs over the capacity of 200 people will create more community review and control of what businesses should exist in serving current residents.  There are additional mandated community support facilities uses for the ground floor of developments, such as schools, affordable food markets or non-profit rec centers.  This plan is the product of a decade’s worth of painstaking community work — it is the end result of our collective efforts.

Q: How can I help?

A: This fight will not be easy but we NEED the support of the community.  Contact us to find out ways you can participate in protecting your neighborhood!