Official review of D’town B’klyn Plan continues on Wednesday


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As a major Downtown Brooklyn rezoning plan wends its way though the city’s land use review process, the community is invited to weigh in at a public hearing this week.

The City Planing Commission is hosting a public hearing on the $100 million Downtown Brooklyn Plan, which would require the condemnation of seven acres of private property, including 130 residential units and 100 businesses.

The area covered by the Downtown Plan overlaps, but is separate from, the Atlantic Yards site on which developer Bruce Ratner wants to erect, on demaped mega-blocks, a professional basketball arena and high-rise apartment and office buildings.

The Downtown Plan hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, at 10 am, at the New York City College of Technology’s Klitgord Auditorium, at 285 Jay St.

The Downtown Brooklyn Plan would allow for the construction of nearly 7 million square feet of office space, 1 million square feet of retail, 1,000 units of housing and 2,500 parking spaces.

After lengthy debate, Community Board 2, the first stop on the Uniform Land Use Reform Procedure (ULURP) failed to make a recommendation on the plan before it moved on to Borough President Marty Markowitz.

A majority of board members who voted, however, expressed reservations about the condemnation of private property.

Last week, Markowitz signed off on the proposal but attached a laundry list of conditions ranging from traffic and transportation to preservation concerns.

After the City Planning Commission vote, the application moves to the City Council for a final vote and, if approved there, goes before Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch supporter of the plan.

The mayor appoints seven members to the 13-member City Planning Commission, including the chair, who is also the director of City Planning, the lead agency on the Downtown Plan application. Each borough president also appoints one member, as does the public advocate appoints one.

For more information on the hearing contact the Department of City Panning at (212) 720-3300.

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