Occupy Challenges Crown Heights Rezoning

The Crown Heights Assembly, an Occupy group that is working on housing issues, is demanding changes to the Crown Heights rezoning a week before the City Planning Commission vote, DNAinfo reported. The rezoning is a downzoning aimed at preserving the existing character of the neighborhood that limits new construction in a 55-block area of Crown Heights in exchange for letting developers build on Franklin and Bedford avenues, as long as they include affordable units. (Above, a development on Franklin Avenue.) In an online petition, the Assembly wants mandatory affordable housing and increased penalties for landlords who harass tenants inside the rezoning area. A commission spokesperson said the group would review any comments it received before the vote. MySpace NYC sued the Crown Heights Assembly earlier this year.

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