Sunday, October 14, 2012
Bushwick wants a rezone
From the Wall Street Journal:
Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood is often compared to Williamsburg of the 1990s, where artists and young people once found a haven in cheap lofts. Now, Bushwick community leaders want it to become New York City's next big rezoning project to ensure it doesn't become the Williamsburg of the 21st century, filled with luxury developments.
"Bushwick is in the pipeline to be the next community to reassess their zoning code," said city Councilwoman Diana Reyna, who will have a critical voice on whether a rezoning moves forward, and wants to influence the development that is inevitably coming.
The Bloomberg administration has remade large swaths of the city's former industrial areas through zoning, including Williamsburg, Hudson Yards and Long Island City, Queens. But those changes have been criticized for driving out local companies and long-time residents.
She wants the rezoning of Bushwick to happen on different terms from a rezoning of Williamsburg and Greenpoint seven years ago. There, just a couple of stops west of Bushwick on the L train, a growing number of industrial buildings have given way to luxury condos and rental buildings.