Downzone survey in Bath Beach

July 24, 2007 12:00AM

City Councilman Vincent Gentile is spearheading a campaign to inventory the existing housing stock in Brooklyn’s Bath Beach. The survey is part of a preliminary effort to get the city to downzone the neighborhood, and it comes in the wake of zoning changes for two neighboring communities, Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights. Some Bath Beach residents fret that those rezonings will cause developers to rush into their neighborhood–which is known for its “country in the city” feel–and construct out-of-context buildings. The purpose of surveying the Bath Beach’s existing buildings is to present the city with a map detailing property sizes on a block-by-block basis, therefore making the case that allowing taller buildings to rise on certain blocks will dramatically alter the neighborhood. more [NYDN]

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