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Gowanus residents warn: Rezoning will lead to luxe high-rises

Opponents of plan decry potential loss of open sky in neighborhood

November 25, 2014 03:25PM

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Gowanus Canal and Brad Lander

Gowanus residents made a last-ditch effort at a public meeting last night to derail neighborhood rezoning that allows for luxury high-rise buildings.

The meeting at P.S. 36 in Carroll Gardens was the final public hearing on “Bridging Gowanus,” a proposal to require major infrastructure investments before shiny new residential towers could rise. Representatives from Pratt Institute said many residents say they would be okay with some taller properties if the rezoning meets other goals.

“I find it difficult to believe the majority of people who are actual residents of Gowanus would give up open sky for eight- to 18-story buildings. I would like proof,” Linda Mariano of Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus said at the meeting, as cited by Brownstoner.

Council Member Brad Lander said the meetings served as a way to build a consensus about the rezoning. The City Council has yet to vote on the plan. Lander, as well as Representative Nydia Velazquez and City Council members Brad Lander, Steve Levin and Carlos Menchaca are behind the proposal. [Brownstoner]Mark Maurer

  • JadedNyer

    This was a presentation, not a hearing. It is a compilation of things the community, including the developers who also participated in the process, would like to see if there is a Gowanus rezoning. People can comment on these ideas on the website through the end of the year.
    There is no map or definitive plan. That should come through City Planning and before any plan is realized, it still has to go through ULURP. That’s when the hearings happen.

  • Downtown Resident

    Once the proposal begins ULURP it has already been given the basic OK by City Planning and other interested parties, so locals are wise to get involved and make their voices heard now, before the key decisions are made. The local City Council member is the one who will eventually say yes or no to various parts of the proposal, so engagement and discussion with that council member is where the focus should be for locals who want changes to the plan.

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