Council OK’s Broadway Triangle rezoning

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The City Council strongly backed a plan to encourage residential development inside the now mostly commercial “Broadway Triangle” on Monday, but the battle isn’t over as a coalition of 40 North Brooklyn community groups announced an expansion of its earlier lawsuit.

Councilmembers voted 38-10 favor of the rezoning, with the majority believing that the plan’s promise of affordable housing — at least 850 of 1,851 apartments would be set aside at below-market rates — outweigh the ugliness that characterized the plan’s creation, which featured a no-bid city contract awarded to two politically connected groups allied with the borough’s Democratic Party boss.

Even a rezoning supporter, Borough President Markowitz, hinted at the earlier conflicts in a statement issued after the vote.

“I supported this plan because, bottom line, Brooklyn needs more affordable housing built now, and this plan is the most practical way to … get it done,” he said.

The Council vote didn’t surprise the dissenters in the Broadway Triangle Community Coalition, but the group is not going down without a fight. This morning, lawyers will file an amended lawsuit in state Supreme Court against Mayor Bloomberg and the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development that will be tacked onto the earlier suit filed in September.

The suit contends that a politically corrupt process cut out dozens of community groups from partaking in developing the triangle’s 31 acres of industrial land into a mixed-income community, and that the city acted unethically when it granted development rights to two politically connected groups — the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen Council, both tied to Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Bushwick).

City officials maintain that the arrangement was legitimate because both groups submitted proper applications. And on Monday, several councilmembers agreed.

“This is not an Atlantic Yards project that circumvented [the process],” Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn Heights) said at what would be his final hearing in office. The Triangle is in his district and, as such, he played a large role in seeing it get through the Council.

“We’re going to have 800 affordable apartments. We went through the process and had public input.”

Yassky’s neighboring councilmember, Diana Reyna, opposed the rezoning. Reyna was once a protege of Lopez, but the two had a falling out, and she has opposed Lopez’s Broadway Triangle plans ever since.

Updated 5:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Annie from Brooklyn says:
Vote Si=yes! Yes yes yes, si!
Votadores en espanol es muy buena chicas!

Latinas against changing our crappy trinagle unite!
Dec. 22, 2009, 5:55 am
simon from williamsburg says:
The entire process was a power grab from two power hunger interests
They don't care for housing they are interest in the power and the money out of it
Any affordable housing they do not control complete they will block and destroy
Dec. 22, 2009, 10:03 am
Annie from brooklyn says:
Thank you simon and my other latina sisters for coming out to support this! No buildo! not here! Not somewhere else either. Nowhere!
Dec. 22, 2009, 11:16 am
Eazy D from Sheesphead Bay says:
Norm from is waving one of those posters.
Dec. 22, 2009, 11:20 pm
Percy from East New york says:
Triangles are the strongest shapes - together we have 180 degrees! They can't stop us, and by stop us I mean start their project to give us something.
Please keep the triangle like it was in the 70s, run down and surrounded by stuff that no one wants!
Dec. 26, 2009, 8:56 am
Percy from East New York says:
Latest update!
Bruice, the rat, Ratner is holding talks with M. Markowitz on a possible deal to turn the triangle into a square and build a shopping/sports complex on the grounds, complete with Brooklyn's first, very own, locally affiliated major league soccer club.
There will be an informal protest march against this on Wednesday January 30th outside borough hall from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. Be there!
Dec. 28, 2009, 10:13 am
Eazy D's conscience says:
Sorry, I like to make stuff up sometimes.
July 16, 2011, 7 am

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