The Gowanus Rezone is Dirty Politics.
The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) will return to Community Board 6's Land Use Committee tonight, to answer questions from committee members regarding the Gowanus Draft Zoning Proposal.
The Community Board will have a huge role in rezoning Gowanus, since its members will vote on supporting it or not. The members represent all of us and we should remind them of that fact by attending CB6 meetings where the rezoning is discussed.
CB6 Landmarks and Land Use Committee Meeting
6pm, Thursday March 28, 2019
610 Baltic Street (Between 4th& 5th Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11219
PLEASE PRINT OUT AND BRING A POSTER FROM THE SELECTION BELOW TO HOLD UP AT TONIGHT'S MEETING. Community members will not be allowed to speak at this meeting, but we need to let CB6 know what we think.
As part of the New York State’s brownfields program, developers who build apartment towers along the canal, on Bond and Nevins streets, will not only be reimbursed for the price to clean up the toxic land, but they’ll also be handed taxpayer dollars to cover at least 10% of their building costs, up to $35 million dollars each.
The developer of the luxury towers on Bond between Carroll and 1st streets has already been given over $7 million dollars of taxpayer funds. And because of NYC’s 421a, the developers themselves won’t have to pay any property tax for 10 years.
The rezoning plan will allow for at least 10 new residential towers to be built along Bond and Nevins St., each up to 22 stories high, with four times as many expensive luxury apartments as affordable ones. These towers will likely bring at least 20,000 new residents to our neighborhood, DOUBLING the population of Gowanus, destroying the liveable neighborhood we know and love forever.
When the City first presented their Gowanus Rezoning plan, in June of 2018, the new residential towers along the canal were limited to being 14 stories high. But the developers wanted more—much, much more— and so they “lobbied” (gave money to) our electeds. And guess what? In February, a new plan was presented that allows for towers up to 22 stories high on almost all of the rezoned blocks around the canal. So who are our electeds working for, anyway?
These are the official documents presented by the Dept of City Planning, first to the community on Feb 9, 2019, then to CB6 and community on Feb 28, 2019.
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More information about the Gowanus Rezone Plan coming to this site soon.