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Locals blast plans to rezone Marine Park

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The city’s proposed citywide rezoning has some Marine Park residents fearful that their close-knit community will become just another overcrowded neighborhood.

Dozens of locals attended a meeting of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association at the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park on April 16 to hear an urban planning specialist discuss the potential effects of the proposal.

The urban planner said that the residents could experience major changes if developers build up the neighborhood with dense projects that would be as-of-right if the proposal passes.

“Your neighborhood is ripe for development,” said Paul Graziano, adding that the rezoning will roll back height regulations that were created to protect low-rise neighborhoods like Marine Park. “It will quickly undo careful progress.”

Mayor DeBlasio’s rezoning is part of a ten-year plan aim to build and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing throughout the city by loosening zoning regulations for developers planning to build so-called “affordable housing.” The changes include increasing height allowances and reducing parking requirements for below-market-rent developments.

The mayor’s 117-page plan claims it would allow as-of-right projects that complement with the layout of a neighborhood.

“Through a comprehensive community based planning process, zoning changes can enable new housing and other uses to be built as-of-right, in a way that is responsive to neighborhood character and supported by appropriate investments,” the plan states.

But Graziano said the changes will allow developers to drastically alter neighborhoods.

“All of these words mean to do away or to eviscerate all the things we fought for to protect our neighborho­od,” he said.

A critic said the new zoning regulations could actually drive struggling residents away from the area if developers purchase one- and two-family homes and convert them to luxury apartment buildings — all without oversight from the Department of Buildings.

“If we allow it to happen, it will change the city in a way that will be detrimental to low-income and middle-income families,” said Bob Cassara of the Brooklyn Housing Preservation Alliance. “The DOB system is easily abused by those who know how to exploit it.”

The president of the civic said he is concerned with how the rezoning could impact the neighborhood — and the rest of Brooklyn.

“People are concerned all over the borough,” said Ed Jaworski.

Residents in Bay Ridge have said the rezoning would destroy the character of neighborhoods with a small-town feel.

The plan would allow owners to add one to two stories to Bay Ridge’s commercial area and parts of its waterfront, flooding the neighborhood with development without ensuring that developers build more affordable units, according to those opposed to the proposal.

Graziano said if residents oppose the rezoning, they need to voice their concerns to their local elected officials.

“It is unfortunate that we have to be active to protect our basic rights,” he said.

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at vogle@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507. Follow her attwitter.com/oglevanessa.
Updated 5:42 pm, July 9, 2018
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Irene from Brighton Beach, says:
Our roads are crowded now. With these addition building will cause to much traffic on the roads, parkway , etc. They can enlarge the street all over Brooklyn. Our mayor does not drive a car, I do . It is impossible to drive in Brooklyn , New York. All these apt. being build is high prices and hardly rented. People cant afford these prices. Brooklyn is going to be a ghost town in the future.
Middle Class is now Lower Income Our govt does not care about us. Only the immigrant that are coming in or live here already A Middle Class person suffers. I know there are many people like me suffering.
April 23, 2015, 2:23 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
This program will do nothing but lower the quality of life for the residents of Marine Park and surrounding areas. To prove this one needs to only drive through other areas of this borough to see the haphazard building to neighborhoods like Sheepshead Bay and Coney Island. Paul Graziano is right you should contact your local and city representatives but not to complain just a simple one sentence note that says if this proposal is adopted, you will not get my Vote Ever! And then stick to your promise and vote out incumbents regardless of political parties. Once they get the message that we are actually listening and take an interest in the political system and hold these politicians accountable for what they do for and to their constituents, only then will we get the true representation we deserve.
April 23, 2015, 8:02 pm
loretta gambino from bath beach says:
The parking...our schools...the buses the trains...the sewer system.....all over populated already...this rezoning cannot happen
April 23, 2015, 11:03 pm
Xi Xiang from Bensonhurst says:
this is a great idea. Many struggling immigrants need new housing. Marine Park would be the perfect place
April 24, 2015, 1:25 pm
Rob from marine park says:
Just look at the Kimball Group and that atrocity on Kimball street. Unfinished for years, horrendous design, and finally just removed the top 2 floors. It's built right up to the backyards of 2 residential properties.
April 24, 2015, 2:15 pm
Mike from Marine park says:
Marine park should not miss out on progress ..... This is the future
April 24, 2015, 3:17 pm
Theresa La Macchia from Marine Park says:
If this rezoning goes into effect, you will never receive my vote again and this is true of all the people in the neighborhood whom I have spoken to.
April 24, 2015, 3:36 pm
Michelle from Marine Park says:
Where is the area ripe for the picking? In the protected marsh lands or the park? New York City and its boroughs are already overcrowded and your solution is to congest one of the few remaining residential areas in Brooklyn? Our Mayor is an idiot. This will only further populate an already overpopulated Brooklyn, which in turn will create the need for more housing, and more financial strain on the people of Brooklyn and the city itself. Just ridiculous and if I find out about another meeting, I will definitely attend.
April 24, 2015, 4:36 pm
Mendy from Marine Park says:
Let the city fix all the potholes, and leave the zoning alone!
April 24, 2015, 5:07 pm
shaun from Marine Park says:
I hope all the idiots who voted for this Jack Ass of a Mayor or stayed home and didn't vote for Joe Lyota are happy. This is what the city deserves for not voting or voting for an IDIOT
April 24, 2015, 5:32 pm
rob from marine park says:
Yes the mayor is an ass. Take this zoning change and stick it in his ass. There is nothing wrong with marine park, don't maake something wrong. There is too much "affordable housing" already in the sheepshead/nostrand housing. The city can't even take care if that, how will they take on more?
Leave us alone.
April 24, 2015, 11:50 pm
Joann from from Marine Park says:
I have lived in Marine Park since 1969 till present. If this rezoning goes into effect, I will be one of the first people to sell my home and get the hell out of Brooklyn. Our homes are on top of each other now. Please leave things the way they are, don't make mattes worse for us.
April 25, 2015, 1:51 am
Nick from Marine Park says:
If this mayor opens his eyes he would know the only people that voted him in are in the liberal radical parts of the city. If he wants to be such a crusader let him go there to create all this garbage leave Marine Park alone !
April 27, 2015, 9:44 pm
Danny C. says:
Re zoning will be disgraceful- we do Not need overcrowding, low income housing & all the Negative aspects that accompany such. Crime, lawlessness, poverty, illegal aliens, drug use/sales, & overall most of the people " living off the land"-- not giving back to society. We need to Affirm our Marine Park neighborhood which is safe, family & Parish orientated ( the last of such areas), and strongly based Middle Class. Hardworking, diligent, law abiding, and very Patriotic & Supportive of our Police, Fire, & Emergency Service Units.
April 27, 2015, 9:49 pm
AM goodridge from crow hill/prospect Hts says:
really CB18 should reject & withdraw that up-zoning nobody wants to turn southern brooklyn into another willamsbrug thats was totally violatted the taxpayers in the dutch town of flatlands this is a low rise backyard heighborhood with 1,2 & 3 family homes thats makes marine park, flatlands, bergen beach & all mill basin the people's home hands off our all american backyards Mr mayor nobody wants our southern brooklyn neighborhoods overcrowded with noise,trash crime & high rents & high property tax rates to mom&pop business CB18 ,the state & the city planing needs to back off NIMBY not in our backyard take back southern brooklyn coming soon.
May 3, 2015, 6:32 pm
Ana from Marine Park says:
Some politicians do not like nice neighborhoods with affordable rent and housing prices.
They like the rich, isolated, because the lower middle class cannot afford the prices of housing and the poor live in horrible crime ridden neighborhoods.
This is the ideal situation for these politicians pretending to care about the poor and the middle class.
There is nothing more despicable than such a human vermin.
May 4, 2015, 2:08 pm

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