The Department of City Planning’s controversial rezoning plan for Coney Island moved forward today, as the City officially began the ULURP process for the plan. Despite recommendations from organizations such as the Municipal Art Society that the City expand its proposed “amusement area,” the plan as certified calls for 9 acres of mapped parkland for amusement park use and 15 acres of a new zoning designation that calls for enclosed amusements, restaurants, “entertainment retail,” and in some areas, hotels.
The plan also calls for the creation of between 4,000 and 5,000 new units of housing, including 900 units of affordable housing, outside this “amusement area,” and development of new local and destination retail options. In order for this new development to occur, the City must get State approval to demap the parkland currently used as parking lots for KeySpan Park.
Public review begins with a hearing at the local community board. We will do our best to keep you updated on hearing dates/times!