After years of getting the brush off on requests to limit building heights in Prospect Lefferts Gardens to six stories, PLG residents, activists and community board members are now meeting with City Planning to consider how the neighborhood should be rezoned.
In addition to supporting a rezoning of Flatbush Avenue, pictured above during this past winter, that would limit building heights there to six stories, neighborhood group The Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP) opposes a brand-new move to rezone commercial district Empire Boulevard to allow residential, MTOPP President and PLG homeowner Alicia Boyd told us.
We had not heard that any proposal to rezone Empire Boulevard was in the works, but Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams spoke in favor of it at an impromptu appearance at a Crown Heights tenant association meeting June 8 and the PLG community board also requested it, Boyd said.
MTOPP opposes market-rate luxury housing and development over six stories, even “under the guise of affordability,” as Boyd put it, because PLG already has the highest population density of any neighborhood in Brooklyn. As well, expensive new market-rate buildings, even with a large percentage of “affordable” units, will cause a wave of rent increases across the neighborhood, displacing current residents, MTOPP believes.
“We don’t need more people in this community,” said Boyd. “We wait three or four buses to get a seat. We wait three or four lights to go one block.”