Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fighting to protect historic neighborhood

From GoFundMe:

The Fenimore Street Block Association learned late last month (Jan. 2017) that a beautiful house on the southeast corner of Bedford Avenue and Fenimore Street is being targeted for demolition. A prominent Williamsburg developer recently filed for a permit to demolish 174-176 Fenimore Street. While no plans have been filed as of yet, we suspect that he will construct an as-of-right apartment building many times the size of the existing house.

For several years now, our Block Association has been fighting to preserve our neighborhood from non-contextual development that is quickly becoming the hallmark of new construction in PLG. We are currently in the process of initiating a rezoning application to change our current R6 zoning - which allows high density development - to R2, which only allows single family homes. This is due to our research, where we discovered that houses on the south side of Fenimore Street between Bedford and Rogers--including 174-176 Fenimore--have deed restrictions that explicitly prohibit the development of apartment buildings, as the language makes clear that only single-family houses may be built - like the rest of Lefferts Manor. We discovered that this side of the street was originally part of the Lefferts Farm and should have been included in both the R2 single family zoning which begins on the north side of the street as well as the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District, which covers the entirety of Lefferts Manor proper. In fact, as of this week, all 19 properties on the south side of Fenimore Street have been found eligible to be added to the National Register of Historic Places as an extension of the existing Lefferts Manor National Register Historic District.

The Fenimore Street Block Association intends to battle this developer in court with the understanding that we have a very strong legal leg to stand on. We are doing this because the courts have routinely deemed these original deed restrictions to be binding if found enforceable, which our zoning and land use expert has affirmed to be the case. However, we lack the necessary funds for a sustained legal battle. It is possible that there are other parts of PLG which also have enforceable deed restrictions as well and a victory in this case could set an important legal precedent for future court cases against developers.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Prominent Williamsburg developer".....
does that mean "Jewish slumlord"?

Anonymous said...

Why isn't the Borough President helping out with this?

Joe Moretti said...

This type of blatant destruction is horrible. In some other cities, you tend not to see this type of destruction, other places take pride in their history.

Coming soon, another third world shit hole apartment that would make Bangladesh or any other shit hole slum place proud.

Anonymous said...

Take a close look at the building. It has been corrupted from it's original state in many ways to serve as a commercial medical building. A shame.
Now it will be demolished for apartments or condos just two short blocks from Prospect Park.

Anonymous said...

I grew up about 6 blocks from there. Great neighborhood till around 1969,Pigtown.

Anonymous said...

There is a clear plan to oust people of color going on in Brooklyn.
The Crown Heights historic district was extended to accommodate the Jewish community.
A town house purchased 8 years ago for about $900,000 , now goes for about $2,000,500.
Thus increasing the real estate taxes of longtime owners, people of color, and driving them out.
Gentrification is just another word for urban renewal and Black removal.