Rezoning Update

Since the neighborhood that Crow Hill Community Association serves sits in the middle of the area covered by the Department of City Planning’s Crown Height’s West rezoning proposal, the Association chose to take a leadership role in bringing this issue to our community.

On April 16th we devoted our general meeting to two issues that could potential change the face of development in Crow Hill: CHCA’s proposal for Landmark’s designation  and the Crown Heights West rezoning proposal.  We created a poll that was distributed at the meeting and on line.  We had 29 poll responses returned from the meeting and 66 from the on-line version.  The response was basically 75% in favor of rezoning and 80% in favor of landmarking. (View poll results.)

On May 9th CHCA presented at the CB8 meeting held to address the re-zoning and based on community feedback, we gave our support to the plan.  We also felt it was important to speak to the comments and concerns that we heard voiced by the community, below is the full CHCA statement: Continue reading

Poll: Landmarking and Rezoning in Crown Heights

We are conducting an informal poll to gain an understanding of how the community feels about the landmarking and rezoning. Please let us know how you feel about these important issues.

If you already filled out the poll and handed it in at the last meeting your opinion has been counted, please DO NOT take the poll again.

TAKE THE POLL

More information on landmarking and rezoning.

Results as of May 18, 2013
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Crown Heights West Rezoning Discussion On May 2

The Crown Heights West Rezoning proposal will be discussed for the third time at CB 8′s Housing/ULURP Committee meeting on Thursday May 2, 2013, 6:30 p.m. at CenterLight Health Systems/CNR, 727 Classon Ave @ Park Place.

Written comments are invited and can be faxed ahead to the Board office at 718-778-2979, or emailed to info@brooklyncb8.org.

The Public Hearing on the proposal will be held Thursday, May 9, 2013 during the regularly scheduled full Board meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. The meeting willl be held at Berean Missionary Baptist Church, 1635 Bergen Street, corner of Rochester Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Landmarking and Rezoning Meeting

Help guide the future of our community.

We will be presenting information on both the Crow Hill Community Association (CHCA) landmarks effort and City Planning’s proposed zoning changes.

Landmarking_Rezoning_postcardfrontThis meeting is being held for you to understand these issues, which affect our community.

Tuesday, April 16, 7 PM
St. Teresa Church basement
563 Sterling Pl. at Classon Ave.

In May, there will be a public meeting on the re-zoning proposal after which Community Board 8 will make their formal response to City Planning.

We will also be presenting a brief wrap-up of our March Town Hall at the beginning of this meeting; stay tuned for our second Town Hall in May.

We need volunteers

We’re in desperate need of volunteers to help us get the word out by posting signs on corners and handling out flyers to peple in the neighborhood. If you can spare 30 minutes of any day from April 11 – 15, email outreachch@gmail.com.

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March 23 Town Hall Meeting Summary

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On Saturday, March 23, 2013 both old and new residents gathered together for Crow Hill Community Association’s (CHCA) first town hall meeting in the auditorium of PS 22. Overall, the meeting drew approximately 220 people, surpassing organizers’ expectations and reflecting the current energy throughout the neighborhood.

Organizers also noted, however, that while there was diversity amongst the attendees, the meeting’s demographics in terms of race and length of residency did not truly reflect the neighborhood.  So more intense outreach to members of the community who were underrepresented on the 23rd will become an even higher priority for future meetings.

To open the meeting,  a photo montage played on the overhead projection screen showing Crow Hill (the Crown Heights neighborhood stretching from Eastern Parkway to Atlantic Avenue between Franklin and Bedford which has been at the center of conversations around gentrification) at the turn of the century to present day, and a local fiddler entertained the crowd.

CHCA members, Nick Juravich (of the ILoveFranklinAve blog) and local merchant Garnett Alcindor (co-owner of Taste Buds) welcomed the community explaining that the meeting had been called because business as usual was no longer working in Crow Hill and more people needed to get involved.  They explained that all types of issues could be discussed including the positive and negative aspects of gentrification. It was also emphasized that all parties were encouraged to speak openly and honestly.

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Crown Heights West Rezoning

The Department of City Planning (DCP), at the request of Community Board 8, community residents and elected officials, proposes a zoning map and text amendment for an approximately 55-block area in the western part of the Crown Heights.

The rezoning area is generally bounded by Atlantic Avenue, Pacific, Dean and Bergen streets to the north; Nostrand Avenue to the east; Eastern Parkway to the south; and, Washington and Grand Avenues to the west.

The proposed zoning map amendment would replace the existing zoning, which does not reflect the predominant row-house and apartment building character of this area and which has resulted in the development of tall apartment buildings without height limitation, with new zoning districts that match the existing built character and have height limits.  Zoning text amendments would create a new Inclusionary Housing-designated area that would incentivize affordable housing development along commercial corridors and incorporate required setbacks along Eastern Parkway into the Zoning Resolution.

Crown Heights is a predominantly residential neighborhood in central Brooklyn well-known for its brownstones, row houses and apartment buildings rich in architectural beauty. This comprehensive zoning study was undertaken at the request of Community Board 8 and local elected officials in response to concerns that existing zoning allows out-of-scale development in the area. Recent development has included tall, multi-story apartment buildings on otherwise low-rise blocks that are inconsistent with the typical character of the Crown Heights neighborhood.

The proposed rezoning seeks to:

  • Maintain the existing scale and character of the neighborhood
  • Create incentives for the development of affordable housing
  • Match commercial zoning to reflect the existing retail character

Details and maps available here.