FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2005
MAYOR BLOOMBERG PRAISES CITY COUNCIL LAND USE COMMITTEE AND ZONING & FRANCHISES SUBCOMMITTEE AND REITERATES COMMITMENT TO COMBATING OVERDEVELOPMENT
“I want to commend the City Council Zoning and Franchises Committee and Land Use Committee for approving the Bensonhurst rezoning plan developed by the Department of City Planning. This rezoning helps fulfill my promise to protect the City’s primarily low density neighborhoods by ensuring that new development does not change the character of our neighborhoods. As a result, residents will know that my administration hears their concerns about out-of-scale development in Bensonhurst and is working hard to prevent it.
“The neighborhood midblocks in Bensonhurst consist of low-rise structures of two and three stories. The new zoning will maintain this low-rise character on most blocks, preventing the replacement of one- and two-family homes with out-of-scale multi-family buildings. At the same time, it will reinforce several major neighborhood thoroughfares, allowing opportunities for additional apartment house construction with ground floor retail on larger streets, such as Kings Highway and parts of Quentin Road, Avenue P and 65th Street. It is important to find opportunities to add housing wherever the capacity exists to support it, and building on this model of housing and retail will further strengthen this community.
“Area residents and Community Board 11 should be proud that their strong civic involvement contributed to these positive zoning solutions for Bensonhurst. I look forward to full Council approval of this plan to ensure the future of Bensonhurst. The community is counting on it.”
Edward Skyler / Jordan Barowitz (212) 788-2958