From the Daily News:
...zoning may not be approved in time to prevent the construction of a 10-story building in the middle of Norwood Gardens, a leafy enclave of smaller homes along 36th St.
"This is a beautiful block with unique architecture and a special ambience, which this new zoning will protect," said City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. "Unfortunately, some people are trying to rush projects in before it happens."
Neighborhood residents said the developer has filed plans to build an apartment building that could reach 10 stories and include eight to 10 units.
Neighbors are also concerned about the area's utilities and services being stretched even thinner than they are now.
Under current zoning law, the area has an R6 designation, which allows buildings of different heights, depending on the lot size and other variables.
The Norwood Gardens area will receive one of the strictest zoning designations, Vallone said, in order to keep the current low-rise flavor.
Vallone said he has personally reached out to several property owners and tried to dissuade them from constructing oversized buildings in the area.
"Some have been receptive," he said. "Others, not so much."
Though the construction currently taking place is legal, Vallone said the rally was an important way to send a message.
"Hopefully, anyone else thinking of destroying the character of the neighborhood will understand they will have to deal with their neighbors," he said.
This guy apparently doesn't think much of his constituents' intelligence.