The “Special Manhattanville Mixed Use 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 encourage the development of a mixed use neighborhood that complements a revitalized community-oriented waterfront;

(b)        to support a variety of community facility, commercial and manufacturing uses;

(c)        to provide opportunities for the expansion of large academic, scientific and mixed use facilities in a manner that benefits the surrounding community;

(d)        to strengthen the retail and service character and economic vitality of the neighborhood by encouraging active ground floor uses along Broadway, West 125th Street and 12th Avenue;

(e)        to facilitate the maximum amount of design flexibility while fulfilling the goals of the mixed use district;

(f)        to improve the physical appearance of the streetscape by providing and coordinating harmonious open space, sidewalk amenities and landscaping within a consistent urban design;

(g)        to strengthen the visual corridors along West 125th Street and other east-west corridors that connect the community to the waterfront;

(h)        to expand local employment opportunities;

(i)        to recognize, preserve and promote the existing historic transportation infrastructure of the neighborhood;

(j)        to promote the most desirable use of land in this area and thus conserve the value of land and buildings, and thereby protect the City’s tax revenues.