Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Press release: "DE BLASIO PROTECTS RESIDENTIAL BROOKLYN FROM HIGH RISE DEVELOPMENT‏"

Shocker! From a press release from City Council Member (and presumptive Public Advocate) Bill de Blasio:
DE BLASIO PROTECTS RESIDENTIAL BROOKLYN FROM HIGH RISE DEVELOPMENT

CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO PASS DOWN-ZONING IMPOSING STRICT HEIGHT LIMITS ON BUILDINGS IN CARROLL GARDENS

NEW YORK – The New York City Council today is expected to pass a zoning proposal sponsored by Councilmember Bill de Blasio which will protect a residential Brooklyn neighborhood from high rise development. The proposal imposes height limits on buildings in Carroll Gardens, capping them at 70 Feet or approximately 5-6 stories.

“For the past two years, we have been fighting to preserve the character and context of a unique Brooklyn neighborhood. Today, I am proud to announce that the Council will vote to legally protect residential blocks in Carroll Gardens from being transformed by out-of-scale development. This victory would not have been possible
without the many community organizations and activists who demanded that the voice of their neighborhood was heard,” said Councilmember Bill de Blasio.

“I applaud the City Council for adopting the Carroll Gardens rezoning proposal that was developed by the Department of City Planning in consultation with Community Board 6 and local community organizations. I am also pleased that, with few exceptions, the resulting zoning change largely reflects the community's desire for limiting building heights to fifty feet. The rezoning will go a long way in achieving the community's objective to preserve the unique ambience and character of the neighborhood,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
Atlantic Yards, and the transition between a border zone and a historic district, has not gotten the same attention from de Blasio.

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