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Projects & Proposals > Brooklyn > Homecrest Printer Friendly Version
Homecrest Rezoning - Approved!
Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning
Apartment Buildings on Ocean Avenue  
Apartment Buildings on
Ocean Avenue
Detached Houses on Avenue S  
Detached houses on
Avenue S

The Department of City Planning proposes zoning map changes for approximately 70 blocks within the Homecrest neighborhood of Brooklyn’s Community District 15.  The area proposed for rezoning is predominantly residential and is bounded mainly by Coney Island Avenue on the west, Kings Highway on the north, Ocean Avenue on the east and Avenue S on the south.  The study area also includes both sides of Ocean Avenue extending south to Voorhies Avenue as well as the south side of Kings Highway between Ocean and Nostrand avenues.

The area is characterized by two- and three-story residences, with corridors of apartment houses on Ocean Avenue, East 12th  and East 13th  Streets and parts of Kings Highway. An express stop on the B and Q lines is located on Kings Highway at East 16th Street. Commercial activity is concentrated on Kings Highway and parts of Ocean Avenue.

While the area was mainly built up by WWII, small-scale construction continued into the 1980s -- mostly groups of three- or four-family semi-detached houses with ground floor garages. More recent new construction has included out-of-scale apartment buildings up to seven stories high on predominantly low-rise blocks, made possible by the existing R6 zoning which permits increased floor area when community facility uses, such as medical offices, are part of the development.

The proposed rezoning would preserve the existing neighborhood scale and character with lower density and contextual zoning districts. The proposal preserves residential development options on selected wide streets with existing  apartment buildings -- Ocean Avenue and Kings Highway --  and side streets near the subway station.

Public Review
On September 26th, 2005, the Department of City Planning certified the proposed application for Homecrest as complete, commencing the public Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. Community Board 15 voted on October 11th, 2005, to recommend approval of the proposal with conditions. Following the Community Board’s review period, the Brooklyn Borough President recommended approval of the application on November 10th, 2005 with conditions. The City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the application on November 16th, 2005, and approved the application on January 11th, 2005 with modifications. These modifications included approving R6A zoning along both sides of Ocean Avenue south of Avenue S and north of Avenue U instead of the originally proposed R4-1 zoning and approving R5B zoning along both sides of East 19th street, north of Avenue R instead of the originally proposed R4-1 zoning. These modifications respond to comments made during the public review process including recommendations made by the Borough President. PDF Document Read the CPC report.

PDF Document View a color map illustrating the proposed zoning map change as modified January 11th, 2006.

On February 15, 2006, the City Council adopted the zoning map change which is now in effect.

For more information, contact the Brooklyn Office of the Department of City Planning, (718) 780-8280.

Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning

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