City Agrees to Study Crown Heights Downzoning Proposal


Last night Community Board 8 discussed the possibility of rezoning the Crow Hill section of Crown Heights, particularly the area between the Prospect Heights Historic District to the west and the Crown Heights North Historic district to the east. The Department of City Planning released a proposed study area with boundaries extending east from Grand Avenue to Nostrand Avenue and south from Bergen Street to Eastern Parkway. The area is currently designated R7-1, C4-3, and R6; the rezoning would basically be a uniform, contextual downzoning. The rezoning was first requested in 2007, and community board members expressed an urge “try to do whatever we can to move it forward” now that the city is on board. A section of the neighborhood in question, however, is the sizable manufacturing zone from Bergen Street north to Atlantic Avenue, and Grand Avenue roughly to Nostrand Avenue. (Check out a map of the M-1 zone after the jump.) The DCP does not have the funds or resources to conduct an environmental study there and suggested that property owners fund the study themselves. According to board members, Council Member Tish James has pushed for rezoning this area and turning the old manufacturing buildings into affordable housing. Board members said both affordable housing and increasing public space are big priorities if the area gets rezoned. They suggested lobbying, raising money from officials, and encouraging community outreach to conduct the study of the M-1 zone with state money. For now, though, the board is still trying to figure out its vision for the entire rezoning. They plan to continue the discussion at next month’s Housing Committee meeting, which is held the first Thursday of the month, 6:30pm at 727 Classon Avenue.

The area of rezoning in question is labeled on the map as M1-1.

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  • In about a decade or so, the Atlantic Ave corridor between Vanderbilt Bedford could move from auto repair shops to residential. Why would the property owners be in favor of a proposal that limits what they can convert their properties into? Where is the money for affordable housing going to come from? 80/20, LITC, Section 8 ?

  • In about a decade or so, the Atlantic Ave corridor between Vanderbilt Bedford could move from auto repair shops to residential. Why would the property owners be in favor of a proposal that limits what they can convert their properties into? Where is the money for affordable housing going to come from? 80/20, LITC, Section 8 ?

  • I believe most of those city and state funds have already been consumed by Ratner

  • I believe most of those city and state funds have already been consumed by Ratner

  • I AGREE THAT WE NEED TO INVEST IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING. WITH TODAYS ECONOMY AND JOB LOSES MIDDLE CLASS ARE STRUGGLING WITH MORTGAGE PAYMENTS AND RENTS ARE GOING EXTREMELY HIGH. A TWO TO THREE BEDROOM WILL RUN YOU JUST AS MUCH AS A MORTGAGE PAYMENT $1900 TO $3000 THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE UTILITIES. IF WE CONTINUE THIS WAY TOMORROWS FUTURE WILL BE INVESTED ELSEWHERE. BOSTON IS GETTING TO EXPENSIVE TO LIVE ONE WILL HAVE TO WORK 80% OF THE TIME AND DEDICATE 20% TO RAISING THEY’RE LOVE ONES. NO WONDER WHY THERE IS A BREAKDOWN IN FAMILIES.
    MY ADVISE IS “RUN WHILE YOU CAN”! IF YOU STAY YOU WILL HAVE NO LIFE, OR BECOME HOMELESS OR CONSIDER YOURSELF A HUMAN ROBOT!!!! OH DON’T FORGET UNCLE SAM MIGHT BECOME A LANDLORD PROPOSING TO SALE FORECLOSED HOMES TO PRIVATE INVESTORS IN ORDER TO PUT A BAND AID TO THE HOUSING MARKET. AGAIN IF THEY ARE CONSIDERING TO KEEP THE RENTAL MARKET AT TODAYS RATE! I CANT SEE THE PROGRAM GOING ANY WHERE BUT DOWN HILL WITH THE REST OF THE PAST PROPOSALS. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

  • To add a bit of accuracy, the CB 8 Housing Committee is seeking comments from the community on what they would like to see in the way of future development. Turning blight into affordable housing will be a major improvement.