Atlantic Avenue Mixed-Use Plan

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The Atlantic Avenue Mixed-Use Plan is a community-led planning process for an inclusive, mixed-use stretch of Atlantic Avenue and neighboring blocks in Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The plan would support new housing with affordable housing, new space for jobs and services, safer, more pedestrian-friendly streets and investments in neighborhood improvements.

Atlantic Avenue Mixed-Use Plan fact sheet.

What does mixed-use mean?

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Example of a mixed-use block in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

“Mixed-use” describes an area or property that allows for multiple uses, such as housing, retail, commercial, industrial, etc. Examples of “mixed-use” may be a building with ground floor shops and apartments above, or a building with light manufacturing, art studios and offices.

 

Why Atlantic Avenue?

Atlantic Avenue is one of Brooklyn’s most important east-west corridors, connecting Downtown Brooklyn to Queens and Long Island. The plan area is in a transit-rich part of Central Brooklyn, surrounded by thriving residential neighborhoods where housing demand and costs have soared in recent decades.

The current zoning rules, mostly unchanged since 1961, prevent new housing and limit job growth despite the area’s proximity to mass transit, retail, schools, parks, arts and cultural institutions and more.

For example:

  • Building new housing is not permitted
  • New commercial and industrial buildings are generally limited to one or two stories and must provide a substantial amount of parking, which does not meet the needs of today’s businesses

Plan Area

The Atlantic Avenue Mixed Use Plan area runs along an approximately 13-block stretch of Atlantic Avenue and neighboring blocks of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant between Vanderbilt and Nostrand Avenues.

Get involved

Community Planning Kickoff | January 17, 2023, 6pm – 8 pm
Join elected officials, city agencies, and facilitator WXY to learn about the community planning process and how you can share your priorities. Help identify key issues and opportunities for the future of this area.

Join this remote meeting by videoconference or by calling from any phone.

Register for the Community Planning Kickoff here.

Download a shareable flyer here to learn more and spread the word to your community.

Contact Us
Please contact NYC Planning at AtlanticPlan@planning.nyc.gov or (718) 780-8280 for more information.