CB2 vote on D’town Plan rescheduled

Community Board 2
will vote on the Downtown Brooklyn Plan at a rescheduled meeting on Feb.
3 in the auditorium of Brooklyn Technical High School, on DeKalb Avenue
at Fort Greene Place, at 6 pm.

The original meeting, scheduled for Jan. 28, was cancelled because of
the snowstorm.

The rezoning plan — among the most complex in city history —
would make way for 6.7 million square feet of office development, 1,000
units of housing and almost 1 million square feet of retail space.

The community board, which includes Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights,
Fort Greene and DUMBO, is the first hurdle in the city’s rigorous
land use review process.

The CB2 Traffic and Transportation committee voted against the plan last
week, calling the city’s application — which involves 22 individual
actions from rezoning to selling city property to expanding urban renewal
areas — woefully inadequate.

The Parks and Land Use committees voted down changes to the urban renewal
areas that would allow the city to condemn and seize property.

As part of the city’ ULURP process, the application will also go
to the borough president, City Planning Commission and City Council.

The plan also includes one block of the proposed Nets arena site where
developer Bruce Ratner intends to construct a 620-foot office tower.