The Department of City Planning (DCP) proposes a zoning map and text amendment for an approximately 140-block area in the northern half of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Community District 3, Brooklyn, and a citywide zoning text amendment to require ground-floor transparency in R7D, R9D, and C4-5D districts that would also affect Bronx Community District 7. The rezoning area is generally bounded by Lafayette Avenue and Quincy Street to the south, Classon and Franklin Avenues to the west, Broadway to the east, and Flushing Avenue to the north.
This comprehensive zoning proposal was undertaken at the request of Community Board 3 and local elected officials as a follow-up to the 2007 rezoning of Bedford-Stuyvesant South and in response to concerns that existing zoning in the area does not reflect established growth patterns.
Bedford-Stuyvesant is one of Brooklyn's most acclaimed neighborhoods. It is predominantly residential, characterized by late 19th and early 20th century rowhouses, small and medium-sized apartment buildings, and prominent NYCHA developments. Broadway is an important commercial and transit corridor, with major institutions, retail stores, and housing lining the street under the elevated J, M, and Z trains.
Recent and proposed developments, including large community facility buildings, multi-story apartment buildings, and building additions on otherwise low-scale blocks are inconsistent with the typical character of the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood.
The proposed rezoning seeks to:
- Preserve existing character and building patterns in the residential core of the neighborhood while allowing modest enlargements of existing homes;
- Direct new residential and mixed-use growth to commercial/transit corridors;
- Promote vibrant, active, pedestrian-friendly streets with regulations to reinforce commercial character;
- Incentivize affordable housing creation in major corridors.
|Rowhouses on Greene Avenue
||Mixed-use building on
|Elevated train on Broadway
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