I don't know what previous instances of the City "partnering" with businesses to resolve zoning issues Rosenthal has in mind, but the situation with The Wick is hardly comparable to the situation with Stewart's. It can be argued that the amendment made to enable the creation of The Wick was simply correcting a scrivener's error. The zoning, which was part of the LWRP (Local Waterfront Revitalization Program) adopted in 2011, designated the area where The Wick was to be located Residential Special Commercial (R-S-C). The LWRP described the R-S-C district in this way:
Additional commercial zones are proposed to the waterfront area such as Residential Special Commercial District and the Core Riverfront District, both of which allow for a mix of commercial uses intended to support continued mixed use development along Front Street and in the Core Riverfront area to encourage the redevelopment of vacant sites and increase pedestrian activity within areas near the riverfront and the Amtrak station.The description certainly suggests that a hotel, located in close proximity to the train station, would be exactly the sort of commercial use the LWRP had in mind, but the district use regulations in the code, although including "boarding house" and "rooming house," did not include "hotel." To correct what was arguably an oversight, the Council enacted Local Law No. 1 of 2016 in April 2016, which created the R-S-C 2 district on the south side of the city where "Hotels" would be a permitted conditional use. (A new district had to be created because Second Ward alderman Tiffany Garriga didn't want hotels to be allowed in the R-S-C district on the north side of the city.)
The zoning amendment to accommodate Stewart's, with Scali's thrown in to make it seem less like spot zoning, is quite another thing.
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