Williamsburg Blogger Brooklyn 11211 wishes North Brooklyn a “Happy Rezoning Day” today, on the fourth anniversary of the passage of a massive rezoning of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfronts. The Department of City Planning supposedly based this rezoning on the neighborhoods’ 197-plans; however, the community ended up with much more development than it bargained for. 11211 writes,
“Here in North Brooklyn, the last four years have brought construction – a hell of a lot of construction. In Community Board 1, over 1,000 major construction projects have been filed with DOB since May, 2005. Thousands of new housing units are at some point in the pipeline – planned, filed, under construction or occupied. (And despite a global economic meltdown or two, construction in North Brooklyn has not noticeably abated.)
In exchange for all of this new construction, the community was promised a lot. And while the new construction continues full bore, most of the promised benefits of the rezoning have yet to be realized.”
The post goes on to analyze the results of the rezoning in regards to affordable housing, open space, manufacturing retention, and follow-up rezonings in the upland areas. Read the details here.
The post continues, “Things are arguably worse on the open space front. A lot of new open space was proposed in the rezoning and in the points of agreement negotiated between the City Council and the Bloomberg administration, and almost nothing has been built.”
To address this, North Brooklyn advocacy organizations (and Community-Based Planning Task Force members) Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP) are sponsoring Where’s My Park? Day on Saturday (it’s “It’s My Park! Day in the rest of the city). NAG says, “Bring your kids and your grandmas to East River Park (N 8th and Kent) at 12:30 to make some pro-park crafts and picket signs, and then join us at 2:30 as we march down past several of the promised parks’ locked gates. The day will end with a block party full of music, games, refreshments, and community… in a parking lot.”