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Plans for a Bed-Stuy historic district draw controversy

February 22, 2014 03:00PM

 A proposal for a new historic district is attracting both vehement support and controversy in Bed-Stuy.

The city landmarks commission is proposing that a 16-block area bounded by Gates Avenue, Fulton Street, Bedford Avenue and Tompkins Avenue be designated as the Bedford Historic District, according to the New York Times.

The site of the newly proposed district is just blocks from the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District, which was first approved in 1971.

Supporters argue that a designation would preserve the neighborhoods attractive 19th-century architecture, prevent unwanted new development and increase property values.

However, opponents contend that the designation would make renovations to properties too costly and that it could drive out low-income residents.

There is currently no date scheduled for the vote. [NYT]Christopher Cameron