City will reach settlement over discrimination claim at Broadway Triangle

Agreement would bring about 375 affordable housing units to site

New York /
Dec.December 04, 2017 10:30 AM

249 and 334 Wallabout Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant and proposed Broadway Triangle rezoning (credit: DCP)

A court battle that began eight years ago concerning racial segregation in a proposed Brooklyn development is expected to end on Monday.

The fight over city-owned land at a site known as the Broadway Triangle where Williamsburg, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick border each other started in 2009, when a lawsuit was filed arguing that local minority groups were not part of the rezoning process. The settlement would create roughly 375 affordable housing units for the site, as well as provide legal counsel for locals who maintain they have suffered from housing discrimination, according to the New York Times.

The initial plan for the Broadway Triangle called for new six- or seven-story buildings with large apartments, which opponents saw as geared toward Hasidic residents, given that they tend to have large families and cannot use elevators on the Sabbath. It also called to give preference for the apartments to residents of Community Board 1, a largely white area, rather than the neighboring Community Board 3, which is more diverse.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit said this plan largely excluded applicants who would need one- or two-bedroom apartments and that the city did not attempt to examine its impact on segregation.

The city would not change the rezoning of the area under the settlement, but the development plan would create a broader range of apartments, including studios, two-bedrooms and more. The settlement will also increase the number of sites included in the plan, allowing more housing to be built, and the city will use an open bidding process to choose new developers.

Officials previously awarded development bids to the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, two nonprofit groups.

“This just reaffirms for us that if we don’t study the racial impacts of proposed rezoning we are doomed to further segregation,” plaintiff Alexandra Fennell of Churches United for Fair Housing told the Times. “I think it’s a great jumping off point for us to fight more.” [NYT]Eddie Small


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
 SL Green’s Marc Holliday with 450 Park Avenue  (Taconic Partners, SL Green)
TRD Pro: Here are NYC’s biggest offices sales of Q2
TRD Pro: Here are NYC’s biggest offices sales of Q2
From left: Jeff Goldberg, CEO of Fairstead, and Will Blodgett, Founder of Tredway (Getty Images, Fairstead)
Fairstead fires back, alleges Blodgett threatened to go “torched earth”
Fairstead fires back, alleges Blodgett threatened to go “torched earth”
From left: Extell's Gary Barnett and JDS Development’s Michael Stern along with One Manhattan Square, The Narrows, and 111 West 57th Street (Extell, JDS Development, Getty Images, The Narrows Condo)
New development sales plummeted 30% in July
New development sales plummeted 30% in July
Queens official Donovan Richards, Larry Silverstein and rendering of Innovation QNS (Queens Borough President, Innovation QNS, Getty)
Queens boro prez turns on industry, rejects Silverstein’s $2B project
Queens boro prez turns on industry, rejects Silverstein’s $2B project
Tavros Capital’s Nicholas Silvers and Charney Companies’ Sam Charney in front of 24-05 thru 24-19 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City (Getty Images, Tavros Capital, Charney Companies, Google Maps)
Tavros, Charney plan 55-story rental on long-stalled site
Tavros, Charney plan 55-story rental on long-stalled site
3100-3124 Atlantic Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn (Google Maps, Getty)
Locals fear homeless shelter king will gentrify East New York
Locals fear homeless shelter king will gentrify East New York
Adam Piore with the Time Warner Center, 15 Central Park West, One57, Sheffield57, and Hudson Yards (Getty, CityRealty, Pablo Costa Tirado, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)
“New Kings of New York” author on 5 projects that reshaped NYC real estate
“New Kings of New York” author on 5 projects that reshaped NYC real estate
Durst Organization's Douglas Durst, Jamestown's Michael Phillips and One Times Square (Durst Organization, Jamestown, Getty, Bernt Rostad from Oslo, Norway edited by Yarl/CC BY 2.0/via Wikimedia Commons)
Durst sues Jamestown over Times Square scaffolding
Durst sues Jamestown over Times Square scaffolding
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...