Officials eye downzoning Greenpoint, Williamsburg

Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents have expressed concerns that developers are erecting superstructures in the area without any regard for the scale of the surrounding buildings.

"It just got out of hand," says Theresa Cianciotta. "It's like developers gone wild."

During a community board meeting Tuesday night, Department of City Planning officials announced a proposal to downzone parts of Greenpoint and Williamsburg for the first time in more than 40 years.

If the plan is approved, developers will be restricted to erect only four to five-story buildings on narrower streets, and buildings of up to eight-stories high on wider streets. Commercial zoning restrictions would also apply.

The community board has up to 60 days to approve the proposal before it goes to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Department of City Planning and the City Council for review.

A public meeting will be held Match 31 to give residents an opportunity to discuss the proposal.

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