Council Member Gentile holds rally on new illegal conversation bill. Image Credit: Council Member Gentile’s Office.
Proposal imposes steep fines on bad actors, and helps Buildings inspectors gain premises access. On June 21, 2016, New York City Council Members Vincent J. Gentile, Jumaane D. Williams, and Barry S. Grodenchik introduced legislation that would impose high penalties on bad actor landlords and equip the Department of Buildings with means to gain entry into suspected illegal conversion sites. This bill was developed with the support of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, after a November 2014 fire in an illegal unit above a Flatbush church killed an individual and injured 16 others, destroying the building. (read more…)
Rendering of the proposed development. Image credit: Steelblue
The new building would bring manufacturing-based jobs to an industrial district, which has shifted focus to nightlife-oriented buildings and activities in the past few decades. On June 14, 2016, the City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises held a public hearing on an application for a zoning text amendment to allow for industrial space to be built in an area zoned for community space and for a special permit to amend off-street parking requirements to allow for the inclusion of zoning docks. The application seeks to facilitate the development of a new mixed-use manufacturing and commercial building at 25 Kent Avenue, located in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.
New York City Council Member Mark Treyger standing on the Coney Island Boardwalk. Image credit: Council Member Treyger’s Office
The City Council resolution has garnered unanimous support by the Council’s Members and other elected officials. On May 4, 2016, the City Council Land Use Committee will hear testimony on a resolution to urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate the Riegelmann Boardwalk—most commonly known as the Coney Island Boardwalk—as a New York City Landmark. The resolution, sponsored by Brooklyn Council Member Mark Treyger, is a way to protect the Boardwalk from physical alterations, which threaten to alter its historical character and physical nature.
David Estrada testifying before the City Planning Commission on behalf of City Council Member Carlos Menchaca. Image credit: CityLand
Opponents of the nursing home are primarily concerned about its proposed location being within a flood zone. On March 30, 2016, the City Planning Commission heard testimony on an application submitted by Conover King Realty, LLC, on behalf of Oxford Nursing Home, to build a new nursing home in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. The proposed nursing home would be eight stories tall with the capacity to hold 200 beds and would serve to re-locate the existing Oxford Nursing Home located in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood.
Community Board ZQA & MIH Vote Tracker. Image credit: CityLand
CityLand creates comprehensive chart tracking every vote taken by community boards citywide on the ZQA and MIH text amendments. On September 21, 2015, the City Planning Commission referred for public review the Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) citywide text amendments. Since the public review process has begun, community boards across the city have met to discuss and vote on each of the two proposals. All 59 New York City Community Boards have until November 30th to vote on two citywide text amendments.
CityLand has created a comprehensive citywide chart that is tracking every community board action taken on ZQA and MIH. CityLand will continue to update this chart as we receive more detailed information. To date, we have attempted to contact every Board in the City at least twice. We ask readers to please contact us at email@example.com with new information to keep the chart up to date. To view and download the chart click on the adjacent picture or click here. (Last Update: December 10th at 11:45 A.M.) (read more…)
Rendering of Brooklyn Public Library development in Brooklyn Heights. Image credit: Marvel Architects
Developer would build new public library on the ground floor of a mixed-use development and construct off-site affordable housing. On November 2, 2015, the City Planning Commission approved the Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ and Brooklyn Public Library’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure applications to reconstruct the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on the base level of a mixed-use building. A public hearing was held on the proposal on September 22, 2015. (See previous CityLand coverage here.)