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Projects & Proposals > Brooklyn > Bridge Plaza Rezoning Printer Friendly Version
Bridge Plaza Rezoning Proposal - Approved!
Introduction and Public Review Process
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The Department of City Planning proposes to change the zoning in an eight-block area, known as Bridge Plaza, near Downtown Brooklyn in Community District 2. The proposed rezoning, from a light manufacturing district (M1-1) to medium-density districts permitting residential and commercial uses, responds to the community's wish to preserve the neighborhood's residential character and to provide for limited commercial and residential development.

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Bridge Plaza has been predominantly residential dating back to the 1800's when it housed workers from the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Most of the existing residential buildings were constructed in the late 1800's and early 1900's along Concord and Duffield Streets. When the Manhattan Bridge was constructed in 1903, the neighborhood was bisected by Flatbush Avenue Extension. Today, land uses in the area are a mixture of three- and four-story residential buildings, mixed use buildings, commercial and auto-related uses and community facilities. The proposed zoning change from M1-1 to R6B, C4-3 and C6-2 would more accurately reflect these uses.

Bridge Plaza is situated between access points to the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE). The area to be rezoned is bounded by Jay Street to the west, Nassau Street to the north, Tillary Street to the south and Prince Street to the east. The rezoning area is adjacent to several medium-density residential developments, community facilities and open spaces. Residential uses include the NYCHA Farragut and Ingersoll Houses (zoned R6) to the north and southeast and Concord Village (zoned R7-1) to the west. A community center, Public School 287 and several strips of city-owned open space beneath the BQE are to the east. A fire house, police station, police training academy, two residential loft conversions and an automobile salesroom are on the south side of Tillary Street and east of Flatbush Avenue Extension. The area south of Bridge Plaza and west of Flatbush Avenue Extension contains McLaughlin Park, George Westinghouse High School, New York City Technical College and building 11 of Metrotech Center which contains the Emergency Response System offices. (See context map and photos)

The Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application for the proposed zoning changes (C020263 ZMK) was certified as complete by the Department of City Planning on March 17, 2003. Brooklyn's Community Board 2 held a public hearing on the proposal on April 30, 2003 and the Brooklyn Borough President held a public hearing on May 21, 2003. Both Community Board 2 and the Brooklyn Borough President have issued recommendations for approval of the proposed zoning map changes. The City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposal on June 18, 2003 and on July 23, 2003, voted unanimously to approve the application (PDF Document read the CPC Report). The zoning map changes were adopted by the City Council on August 19, 2003.

Contact the Brooklyn Office at (718) 780-8280 for more information.

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