Changes will encourage the development of affordable housing, vibrant retail corridors and protect against out of scale development.
Brooklyn, NY – The City Council voted this afternoon to approve the rezoning of Bedford Stuyvesant North, a 14
0 block section of the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood bounded roughly by Lafayette Avenue and Quincy Street to the south, Classon and Franklin Avenues to the west, Broadway to the east, and Flushing Avenue to the north. This action completes a multi-year planning process initiated by Council Member Al Vann and Community Board 3 and follows the successful rezoning of the southern section of Bedford Stuyvesant in 2007.
Despite the predominance of brownstone blocks and low-rise apartment buildings, the longstanding lack of height restrictions in northern Bedford Stuyvesant has made the community vulnerable to out-of-context property development. The Bedford Stuyvesant North rezoning was initiated to ensure that the neighborhood’s unique character is preserved. Other goals include incentivizing the development of affordable housing, encouraging the creation of vibrant commercial corridors near public transit hubs and directing the bulk of the development of new residential and mixed-use properties to commercial and transit corridors.
“I’m extremely pleased to have seen this rezoning project to a successful conclusion during my final council term,” said Council Member Vann. “Zoning is a powerful public policy tool for protecting neighborhoods and shaping development,” he continued. “I expect that this innovative rezoning will accomplish its many goals, while giving homeowners the freedom to make modest, appropriate improvements to their homes. I congratulate Community Board 3 for its excellent work on this project over many years and thank the staff of the City Planning Commission for their commitment to getting the job done.”
Henry Butler, Chair of Community Board 3, echoed these positive sentiments saying, “The Bedford Stuyvesant North rezoning project required years of dedicated effort by the community board’s volunteer members. With today’s success, it seems that the hundreds of hours of site visits, community forums and working meetings were well worth it. I’d like to congratulate each board member for their dedicated service and as always, thank Council Member Vann for his visionary leadership.”
The full text and details of the rezoning plan are available at the Department of City Planning’s website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/bed_stuy_north/index.shtml.