A large and vocal contingent of Dutch Kills residents expressed mounting frustration and anger over unchecked development in their neighborhood at a town hall meeting last week.
A list of grievances to city officials, particularly those of the Department of City Planning, were presented at a January 10 town hall meeting held by Assemblymember Michael Gianaris and the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Dutch Kills Residents At Town Hall Oppose Development
But it was the development of two large buildings, with 144 and 122 residential units, respectively, and no parking, that led Stamatiades to raise his voice.
"I need help, my community needs help," he said. "Somebody has got to stop this lunacy."
The fact that parking requirements for the two buildings had been waived by the Department of Buildings was especially galling to Stamatiades. "I'm telling you, you are the New York City Department of Developers Association," he fumed.
The Department of City Planning has proposed rezoning for Dutch Kills that is supposed to aid the residential development of affordable housing, which the community has supported. But approval for the plan has bogged down and certification of the rezoning is not scheduled until this spring.