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Growing Gowanus: City sets Feb. meeting to discuss latest rezoning plans for nabe

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The city will host a public meeting on Feb. 6 to update Gowanusaurs on the latest rezoning plans for their neighborhood, more than six months after officials first released an upzoning scheme that calls for packing more residents into bigger building on some of Gowanus’s busiest streets.

The session follows a series of city-led meetings over the summer, where locals could weigh in on the so-called “framework for a sustainable, inclusive, mixed-use” Gowanus released last June, which called for rezoning swathes of the neighborhood — including Fourth Avenue between Pacific and 15th streets, in order to make way for buildings as tall as 17 stories on the stretch, five higher than the 12-story cap that current law allows.

But the first draft of the scheme, which Mayor DeBlasio initially floated back in 2016, did not incorporate the already in place Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Zone along the southern end of the Gowanus Canal, which the city designated in 2006 to preserve the area’s industrial roots.

And that commercial enclave could benefit from the rezoning the city claims will help stimulate economic growth in the larger neighborhood, according to a local leader, who hopes officials will consider including it within the boundaries of their proposed upzoning before starting its journey through the lengthy Uniform Land Use Review Procedure.

“We want to see the IBZ included, for manufacturers to find some growth in this rezoning,” said Paul Basile, who heads community group the Gowanus Alliance. “We will continue to advocate for the creation of more jobs along with this rezoning.”

Draft Zoning Proposal and Framework Updates at PS 32 (317 Hoyt St. at Union Street in Gowanus) on Feb. 6 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@schnepsmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 12:39 pm, January 22, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Steve from Boerum Hill says:
Why waste time with these communiry meetings? The City Council could give a damn what people think and they're goibg to upzone Gowanus just like every other place where upzoning is drafted. REBNY calls the shots. Why not upzone to 75 stories?
Jan. 23, 10:58 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Steve is partly right. Why waste time with community meetings? They rarely are representative of the residents. Instead, they are filled with resentful busybodies with a lot of free time (in the short term) but not much time (left on this planet). Just upzone Gowanus, preferably by a lot more than it looks like they are allowing, then follow that up by removing the snob zoning from neighboring Boerum Hill and Park Slope.
Jan. 23, 12:09 pm
Joe from Gowanus says:
Steve, Community meetings are gaslighting and planwashing methods by government to say "look at our outreach" and then impose rezoning the community didn't want. 75 stories is left for the next mayor's south Gowanus rezoning in 3 years & mapped around Pathmark to Loews, with elevator service upgrade to Smith/9th subway.
Jan. 23, 2:23 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
In reality, the meetings are just for show. Most of the decisions are made in a backroom and will be agreed on regardless to what the community thinks. This was the case for the WTC site, Atlantic Yards, and many others. They won't care how many concerns there are for these plans just as long as a developer gives them a good donation. For some such as the Atlantic Yards, there were also paid supporters who not only repeated what developers said, but had a history of being disruptive at the some of the hearings, and I know that from my experience with that first hand.
Jan. 24, 1:16 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
In reality, the meetings are just for show. Most of the decisions are made in a backroom and will be agreed on regardless to what the community thinks. This was the case for the WTC site, Atlantic Yards, and many others. They won't care how many concerns there are for these plans just as long as a developer gives them a good donation. For some such as the Atlantic Yards, there were also paid supporters who not only repeated what developers said, but had a history of being disruptive at the some of the hearings, and I know that from my experience with that first hand.
Jan. 24, 1:16 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
In reality, the meetings are just for show. Most of the decisions are made in a backroom and will be agreed on regardless to what the community thinks. This was the case for the WTC site, Atlantic Yards, and many others. They won't care how many concerns there are for these plans just as long as a developer gives them a good donation. For some such as the Atlantic Yards, there were also paid supporters who not only repeated what developers said, but had a history of being disruptive at the some of the hearings, and I know that from my experience with that first hand.
Jan. 24, 5:54 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
In reality, the meetings are just for show. Most of the decisions are made in a backroom and will be agreed on regardless to what the community thinks. This was the case for the WTC site, Atlantic Yards, and many others. They won't care how many concerns there are for these plans just as long as a developer gives them a good donation. For some such as the Atlantic Yards, there were also paid supporters who not only repeated what developers said, but had a history of being disruptive at the some of the hearings, and I know that from my experience with that first hand.
Jan. 24, 5:56 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
In reality, the meetings are just for show. Most of the decisions are made in a backroom and will be agreed on regardless to what the community thinks. This was the case for the WTC site, Atlantic Yards, and many others. They won't care how many concerns there are for these plans just as long as a developer gives them a good donation. For some such as the Atlantic Yards, there were also paid supporters who not only repeated what developers said, but had a history of being disruptive at the some of the hearings, and I know that from my experience with that first hand.
Jan. 24, 11:06 pm
Roger from Brooklyn says:
Mike, Joe & Steve are all right, No elected official cares what the community things, but these meetings sure give them the chance to talk at the people--a good propaganda stage for sure. Mike needs to show more respect for the likes of Buddy who cares very much about the welfare of the canal.
Jan. 26, 11:37 pm

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