City Council approves zoning change for Boerum Hill

The City Council today approved a new zoning plan in Brooklyn’s Boerum
Hill that will cap new development at 50 feet, the New York Post
reported. Boerum Hill residents had pushed hard for the new zoning
regulations to prevent large towers from rising in their neighborhood
as are already planned in nearby Prospect Heights for the
controversial Atlantic Yards project.

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City Council member Steve Levin represents the historic, landmarked
neighborhood, and said many of the homes were built more than 150
years ago and the rezoning “is going to make sure that… historic
character is preserved in perpetuity.”

The rezoning area is flanked by Atlantic Avenue to the north, Court
Street to the west, Fourth Avenue to the east and parts of Warren and
Wyckoff streets to the south. The new rules are similar to zoning
changes put in place in Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene,
Clinton Hill, Park Slope, and Carroll Gardens. [Post]

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