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MAS Eyes on the City: Housing New York

East New York rezoning plan (NYC.gov)

East New York rezoning plan (NYC.gov)

MAS identified the de Blasio administration’s Housing New York plan and the Cromwell-Jerome neighborhood in particular as part of our 2015 Watchlist, our annual docket of issues we have identified as posing a significant opportunity for—or challenge to—the city’s success in the year ahead.

Of the Mayor’s 15 rezonings, the East New York rezoning is farthest along, and the city started the formal city land use process on September 21st. The proposal seeks to add density, revitalize commercial corridors, improve street safety, mandate affordable housing, and add new community facilities. Over time, it would transform the East New York/Cypress Hills area by allowing 12-14 story buildings along Atlantic Ave and portions of Pitkin Ave, 6-8 stories along Fulton Ave, a greater mix of uses, and the construction of over 6,000 housing units, half of which would be affordable.

Affordable housing and community groups, such as those in the Coalition for Community Advancement, are working to ensure (PDF) that more housing is constructed for households with incomes found in East New York, that an effective anti-displacement and anti-harassment stately is in place, and that existing lower density homes and cultural facilities are preserved. Also, many will be closely watching how the Administration plans to honor promises made during the rezoning process.

Tonight the rezoning proposal will be discussed at Brooklyn Community Board 16. On October 28, Brooklyn Community Board 5 will hear the proposal.

Meanwhile, along Jerome Ave in the Bronx, the next area on the list for a rezoning, a community coalition called the Bronx Coalition for a Community Vision is releasing a set of recommendations developed after a series of community visioning sessions this Wednesday, from 7-9pm. More information can be viewed here.