“The City Council needs to pass a law that when rezoning is in effect, a moratorium has to be put on that no more permits are issued for new buildings to go up until zoning is complete,” [Jerry] Walsh said.
Dutch Kills Residents Suffer Amid Rezoning
Many residents feel it is already too late. “We screamed at the wrong time,” said 10-year Dutch Kills resident Tracey Florio, who lives on 28th Street. “We should have been screaming for years.”
One of Florio’s biggest fears is continued development. “They’re going to let other buildings come in, and as long as that cement is poured, we’re dead.”
Florio said if the city can stop development now, she would be able to live with what has already happened.
Her home sits next to a business that, “as of right,” added an additional floor, blocking out several windows on the side of her home.
While Florio gets along well with her neighbor, she noted that in many cases the city has been giving out building permits without looking carefully enough at what has been happening in the community.
Vienna Ferreri’s home on 27th Street stands next to what will be a nine-story hotel. She said the construction process “has been a nightmare from inception.”
Ferreri’s home was attached to the neighboring building. She believes its demolition left her basement exposed and prone to flooding. “This house is 80 years old,” she said. “Is it going to withstand? It’s not.”
Like many of her neighbors, Ferreri is suspicious, and believes the rezoning process has been held up to allow developers to take advantage of the old zoning rules. “They scooped up every property that they could,” she said, adding that one of the biggest issues now is finding parking in the area.