The new chairman of the City Council’s powerful Land Use committee, Brooklyn’s David Greenfield, strongly questioned the Bloomberg administration’s unprecedented landmarking of city neighborhoods as historic districts at a hearing Thursday, saying the policy conflicted with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal to build 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade.
At the hearing, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams also called for landmarking in the city to slow down, calling the lack of affordable housing in historic districts "appalling." He said local opposition to projects often played a role in decisions. "It's often one council member, we're not looking at it at a more global scale," Mr. Williams said.
Is that so, Jumaane? I seem to recall a year ago when you were promoting landmarking:
This Sunday, June 9, Councilmember Jumaane Williams will join the newly-formed Landmarks Political Committee at a press conference to promote landmarking applications for Beverley Square East, Beverley Square West, Caton Park, Ditmas Park West, West Midwood, and South Midwood. The conference will be held at 12pm in the South Midwood area of Council Member Williams’ district, at 2684 Bedford Ave. between Foster Ave. and Farragut Rd.
The Landmarks Political Committee, made up of neighbors in and outside of Ditmas Park who have begun engaging more local politicians in fighting for landmark status, have found support in Councilmember Williams, who has recently been involved in trying to landmark Jackie Robinson’s former home. Here's a video.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Flatbush) and other elected officials are urging the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to bestow that status on the homes, built 100 years ago by a small group of architects who converted the neighborhood from farmland into a tree-lined community.
“We are big believers in preserving and celebrating the history of what we have in this community,” said Williams’ spokesman Stefan Ringel.
It's sad when pols start doing the dirty work of REBNY. Very sad.