Opponents protest city's East NY rezoning plan

Community advocates protested Thursday a move by the city's Planning Commission that greenlit a controversial rezoning plan for East New York. The plan would ostensibly create more affordable housing,

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Feb 26, 2016, 5:21 AM

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Opponents protest city's East NY rezoning plan
Community advocates protested Thursday a move by the city's Planning Commission that greenlit a controversial rezoning plan for East New York.
The plan would ostensibly create more affordable housing, but opponents say it will have the opposite effect and lead to gentrification.
The commission voted 12-1 Wednesday in support of the rezoning plan that affects 200 blocks between East New York and Cypress Hills.
It would allow developers to build high-rises along main arteries like Atlantic Avenue as long as they set aside units for affordable housing -- a move championed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The mayor's affordable housing initiative calls for 1,200 new units in East New York over the next two years. For residents to qualify, they'd have to earn an estimated income between $24,000 and $35,000.
The protesters say 1,200 affordable units is too few and claim the plan will increase rents and price residents out of their neighborhood.
"When you don't work with the community, that means that you're adversarial, and that means you're coming in to dictate what we should be doing, and that's not what democracy is about," says community activist Tony Herbert. 
The plan will go to City Council for another vote.


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