Closing Bell: City Planning Met on Rezoning of Rheingold Brewery Site

The City Planning Commission met this morning at 10 am to discuss the rezoning of the Rheingold Brewery site, where developer Read Property Group wants to build a massive commercial and residential development. Community Board 4 already approved a proposal to have the site rezoned in July during a closed meeting, but the decision could be declared invalid because the public wasn’t present. (City Council Member Diana Reyna said she is investigating.)

The developer proposes to build eight 10-story buildings housing 977 apartments and 54,000 square feet of retail space. Twenty percent of the apartments will be affordable housing. The mostly vacant property between Bushwick and Evergreen Avenues is currently zoned for manufacturing, and the developer has to undergo a lengthy public review process to have it rezoned for residential and commercial use.

No word yet on what happened at the meeting this morning, but we will let you know as soon as we do.

Bushwick Pushes Back on Huge Development Plans [Brownstoner]
Developer Moves on Plans for Big Bushwick Complex [Brownstoner]
Rendering from Read Property via New York Daily News

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  • I sure hope this goes through. It would be a real game-changer for that part of Bushwick.

    We have started a facebook group in opposition to the rezoning. We ask that the CB4′s vote be reviewed as it was not a public vote, but held in private.
    Please share your concerns to the City Planners. They will be presented for consideration by the planning committee & city planners. Concerns may be sent to yvette gruel – calendar officer planning commission
    & city planner ralph blessing at 212 720 3375
    these concerns need to be received before their meeting on the 23rd of september.
    The rhinegold rezoning was controversial before it was illegally passed by Community Board 4. We feel bushwick deserved major out reach before this rezoning passed on any level. this kind of major rezoning has an over residentializing effect on neighborhoods. these units do not serve bushwick residents. bushwick has historically been a community where people lived AND worked. Read property group wants buswick to give up that history and that future possibility (look at pfizer) by changing the zoning. our community will get a sliver of park between read’s own buildings and less than a third of low income housing that is not low enough. this is a raw deal for bushwick. our schools, hospitals, streets. parking, trains, buses, trash cans will all overflow more than usual. every neighbor i have spoken to about this disapproves of this proposal as presented. it is imperative reyna/reynoso office echos the loud and clear bushwick view point.