The Broadway Triangle is a 50-acre, predominately industrial area in East Williamsburg near the borders of Bed Stuy and Bushwick. Long targeted as an urban renewal area, some affordable housing has been developed there with the help of Pfizer corporation, whose Brooklyn plant is located on Flushing Avenue, just south of Broadway Triangle. Now, with Pfizer’s plant closing, and plans in the works to turn much of their property into affordable housing (though what level of affordable housing is currently being debated), the city’s affordable housing arm has its eye on the Broadway Triangle.
According to the The Broadway Triangle Community Coalition, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development held a community charrette in October 2007, calling together stakeholders to envision the area’s future. However, according to an email circulated yesterday, this group was unhappy with HPD’s outreach in advance of the charrette. They wrote, “HPD failed to open its charrette to most of the significant stakeholders of the Broadway Triangle. Instead, an exclusive list of targeted stakeholders were invited to participate, with no real effort made to inform the vast majority of community members in Williamsburg, Bushwick, or Bedford- Stuyvesant about this important planning event.”
Tonight, HPD is hosting a community forum to present the results of the charrette and its master plan for the area. The BTCC encourages those community members who did not participate in the first forum to attend tonight and offer their opinions on the plan.
HPD Community Forum on the Broadway Triangle, Wednesday, April 9, 2008
6PM, I.S. 318
101 Walton Street
(between Harrison & Throop)
Photo of Pfizer’s Brooklyn plant and some of its undeveloped property to the north via Gothamist.