We would like to welcome the newest member organization to the Community-Based Planning Task Force: the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods!
According to their website, “The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods grew out of a series of discussions Brooklyn Boro President Marty Markowitz held in the Spring of 2004 with members of a number of community groups to better understand their concerns regarding the proposed development of the Brooklyn Atlantic/Vanderbilt Yards. During these discussions it became clear to all concerned that a development of this scope would require the participation of as many sectors of the community as possible. The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods is composed of community groups, business groups and churches in Community Board Districts 2, 3, 6, and 8. ”
The organization was very active in informing the public about Bruce Ratner’s development plans, criticizing the project’s Environmental Impact studies, and was a sponsor of the recently-released alternative, community-based UNITY Plan for the site.