City Council OKs doubling Bed-Stuy landmark district

August 23, 2013 10:36AM

The City Council signed off on the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn — more than doubling the size of the designated landmark district, and adding nearly 400 properties to the list of those that will need city approval in order to be modified.

Advocates have campaigned for the expansion of the district for about a decade, DNAinfo reported. In April, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved the change. The district now stretches to Macon Street, Halsey Street and Jefferson Avenue to the north; Fulton Street to the south; Malcolm X Boulevard to the east and Tompkins Avenue to the west.

Councilman Albert Vann told DNAinfo that homeowners in the newly-created district will now benefit from low-interest loans and grants from the New York Landmarks Conservancy for home repair and restoration.

Established in 1971, the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District mixes brownstone rowhouses and four-story apartment houses. [DNAinfo]Mark Maurer