Neighbors rally against downtown BK development

FORT GREENE - More than 100 families turned out to voice their concerns about development in downtown Brooklyn.

Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) held its 4th annual convention at P.S. 67 Saturday and tried to rally neighbors for the cause.

New downtown Brooklyn development plans call for the building of luxury apartments and retail space. FUREE says the plans offer little to no affordable housing.

City Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn) was on hand at the meeting. He says the city is overlooking its low-income families.

Organizers say they plan to march throughout the area to gain further support.

Building plans also include development on Duffield Street. Some say the street is part of the Underground Railroad. A spokesperson from the city?s Economic Development Corporation says research did not directly connect the site with the Underground Railroad, but that the city is working with historians and community leaders to develop a program to commemorate the abolitionist activities that did take place on the street.

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