The "Special Harlem River Waterfront District" established in this Resolution is designed to promote and protect public health, safety and general welfare. These general goals include, among others, the following specific purposes:

(a)        to maintain and reestablish physical and visual public access to and along the waterfront;

(b)        to create a lively and attractive built environment that will provide amenities and services for the use and enjoyment of area residents, workers and visitors;

(c)        to promote the pedestrian orientation of ground floor uses in appropriate locations, and thus safeguard a traditional quality of higher density areas of the City;

(d)        to encourage well-designed development that complements the built character of the neighborhood;

(e)        to take advantage of the Harlem River waterfront and provide an open space network comprised of parks, public open space and public access areas;

(f)         to provide flexibility of architectural design within limits established to assure adequate access of light and air to streets and public access areas, and thus encourage more attractive and economic building forms;

(g)        to enhance neighborhood economic diversity by broadening the range of housing choices for residents at varied incomes;

(h)        to encourage investment in mixed residential and industrial neighborhoods by permitting expansion and new development of a wide variety of uses in a manner that will safeguard the health and safety of people using the area; and

(i)        to promote the most desirable use of land and building development in accordance with the District Plan for the Harlem River waterfront and thus conserve the value of land and buildings and thereby protect City tax revenues.