A civic meeting on the most romantic night of the year turned into a heated shouting match as furious Dutch Kills denizens blasted city planners for dragging their feet on a proposed rezoning of the area.
Rezoning delay in Dutch Kills draws ire
The more than 50 residents who packed the Dutch Kills Civic Association meeting — many holding heart-shaped signs that read: "Don't Kill Dutch Kills" — accused the city Planning Department of needlessly delaying the rezoning by performing a painstaking environmental review.
The additional time required to compile the environmental impact statement — which began late last year and has yet to be completed — has allowed at least 11 high-rise hotels to begin as-of-right construction ahead of the planned rezoning. Under the proposed changes, massive hotels would be banned in most parts of the neighborhood.
Queens Planning Commissioner John Young said an initial environmental assessment of the project showed that a more thorough environmental impact study was necessary to gauge how anticipated population growth would affect the area.
Young said the rezoning plans should be certified in May, a step that triggers a public review process that can take up to seven months. But rezoning will likely not arrive in time to help Vienna Schettino, 48. The basement of her two-story home on 27th St. floods with mud because of construction of a nine-story hotel next door.
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