Bed-Stuy North Rezoning Approved by City Council

New regulations will restrict the height of new developments, while also encouraging affordable housing and more commercial corridors.

City Council voted Thursday to approve the rezoning of Bedford-Stuyvesant North, a 140 block section bounded roughly by Lafayette Avenue and Quincy Street to the south, Classon and Franklin Avenues to the west, Broadway to the east and Flushing Avenue to the north.

Though the blocks in question are mostly made up on brownstone buildings and low-rise apartments, the lack of height restrictions on the area has made it vulnerable to “out-of-context” property development, according to the office of Councilman Al Vann, who helmed the project, along with Community Board 3.

Other goals for the project include incentives for the development of affordable housing and the encouragement of more commercial and residential corridors near public transit hubs.

“I’m extremely pleased to have seen this rezoning project to a successful conclusion during my final council term,” said Vann, in a statement. “Zoning is a powerful public policy tool for protecting neighborhoods and shaping development. I expect that this innovative rezoning will accomplish its many goals, while giving homeowners the freedom to make modest, appropriate improvements to their homes.”

“With today’s success, it seems that the hundreds of hours of site visits, community forums and working meetings were well worth it,” added Henry Butler, Chair of Community Board 3.

Yooberg October 15, 2012 at 01:57 PM
What's the connection between the proposed historic districts map included in the article and the adopted rezoning by City Council? The more appropriate info is from the DCP website regarding the rezoning. Existing zoning: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/bed_stuy_north/existing_zoning_map.pdf Proposed rezoning: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/bed_stuy_north/proposed_zoning_map.pdf And general info: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/bed_stuy_north/bed_stuy_north3.shtml
Claudette Brady October 15, 2012 at 02:13 PM
VBHouse - Bedford-Stuyvesant South was re-zoned in 2007. The re-zoning of Bedford-Stuyvesant was done in 2 phases.
Claudette Brady October 15, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Yooberg - There is no connection.
Joe Gonzalez October 16, 2012 at 03:31 PM
There is a connection. Bed Stuy rezoning was done in two phases. Bed Stuy "South" was first to be rezoned (in 2007) and that is because it is top heavy with the 'brownstone elistists' who control Community Board 2. CB2's 40 Members are 100% Black and all live in Brownstones on BedStuy's "southside". BedStuy "North" was intentionally delayed to allow the Williamsburgh interlopers to sneal into BedStuy and gain a foot hold and build these oversized properties which they have done. Go figure. They are currently schemeing to turn a one story former laundry factory located at Willoughby and Nostrand Avenue into a seven story synogugue, school and who knows what else. The NYC Zoning board currently has their application before it. I say its time to call in the FBI to probe all these sleazy real estate deals in BedStuy.
Ajcji1330 October 16, 2012 at 05:08 PM


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