City Council signs off on Rabsky’s Pfizer rezoning in Williamsburg

Seven members voted against contentious plan
November 01, 2017 08:00AM

From left: Steve Levin, David Greenfield and the Pfizer site in Williamsburg

City Council voted to approve the rezoning of the Pfizer site in Williamsburg, paving the way for the Rabsky Group’s planned eight-building apartment complex.

But seven Council members voted against the rezoning, including Antonio Reynoso, who represents the neighboring district.

“It was a complicated rezoning, but I do believe it will serve all the residents of this community,” local Council member Stephen Levin said.

The project has led to ethnic tensions in the neighborhood. Hispanic residents of The Broadway Triangle voiced concerns that Rabsky would market the building’s apartments primarily to Hasidic Jewish residents.

Rabsky plans to build 1,146 apartments, 25 percent of which will have below-market rents. Construction is expected to start in January, DNAinfo reported. [DNAinfo] — Konrad Putzier