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South Island Rezoning

Governors Island offers development opportunities and leasing opportunities within its 1.3 million square feet of historic buildings (“North Island”) and its 33 acres of development sites on the Island’s southern end. These sites were designated for future construction as part of the Island’s Park and Public Space Master Plan, released in 2010. Areas on the South Island designated for development include the 6.5-acre Western Development Zone and 26.5-acre Eastern Development Zone. The North Island was rezoned in 2013, to allow for a broad mix of uses, including educational, commercial, cultural and non-profit facilities.

In 2018, The Trust announced plans to move forward with a proposed rezoning of the South Island, to help realize Governors Island’s potential as a year-round part of the city’s fabric.

The new district on the South Island would allow for a mix of academic, commercial, non-profit, cultural, convening and hospitality uses, and is required to support the development as a center for climate solutions. The proposed rezoning will extend uses allowed in the North Island to the South Island development sites to support a year-round, 24/7 mixed-use district, anchored by an educational or research center. This will create a revenue stream to expand public access and support public use while creating a path to the Island’s financial self-sufficiency.

Zoning Today


New Proposed South Island Special District


Zoning Framework Summary


The rezoning would expand the Island’s open space, increase public connections between the park and waterfront esplanade, and add an additional layer of protection for all open space on the South Island. Controls for connectivity, urban design, historic sensitivity, height and bulk are written into the zoning, as well as protections to preserve view corridors from the park. All buildings across the development sites will strictly adhere to flood-resistant construction methods.

No zoning changes are being proposed for the North Island/Governors Island Historic District as part of this plan.

Upcoming Meetings


Nov 2- Special Presentation to Manhattan Community Board 1

Nov 9- Manhattan Community Board 1 Land Use Committee: The Trust for Governors Island presentation on South Island Rezoning and Public Hearing.

Dec 14- Manhattan Community Board 1 Land Use Committee

Dec 22- Manhattan Community Board 1 Full Board Meeting

Manhattan Community Board 1 Live Remote Meeting Link: https://live.mcb1.nyc/

For more information on the vision for future growth on Governors Island, please click here.