The “Special 125th Street District” established in this Resolution is designed to promote and protect the public health, safety, general welfare and amenity. The general goals include, among others, the following specific purposes:

(a)        to preserve, protect and promote the special character of 125th Street as Harlem’s “Main Street” and the role of 125th Street as Upper Manhattan’s premier mixed use corridor;

(b)        to guide development on the 125th Street corridor;

(c)        to expand the retail and commercial character of 125th Street;

(d)        to provide incentives for the creation of visual and performing arts space and enhance the area’s role as a major arts, entertainment and cultural destination in the City;

(e)        to support mixed use development throughout the 125th Street corridor, including residential uses, and to provide incentives for the production of affordable housing;

(f)        to ensure that the form of new buildings is compatible and relates to the built character of the 125th Street corridor;

(g)        to enhance the pedestrian environment through appropriate ground floor uses and regulations;

(h)        to ensure, in the Park Avenue Hub Subdistrict, compatibility with the purposes of the Special East Harlem Corridors District; and  

(i)        to promote the most desirable use of land and thus conserve and enhance the value of land and buildings, and thereby protect the City’s revenue.