Redevelopment plan takes step forward

CONEY ISLAND - Community Board 13 in Coney Island on Wednesday approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan for redevelopment in the neighborhood.

Along with their vote, the board members also made 20 recommendations they want the city to include in any redevelopment plans. Among them is avoiding construction of buildings higher that the famed parachute jump, increasing retail square footage from 2,500 to 10,000 feet and tabling plans to seize property through eminent domain.

The vote is the beginning of what is expected to be a drawn-out process. Bloomberg says the plan will now move to the desk of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz before going to the City Planning Commission and lastly to the City Council for a vote.

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