Halt high-rise build on Myrtle & St. Edwards until approval reviewed & community consulted
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NYCHA has sold public housing land on the corner of Myrtle Ave and St. Edwards Street directly opposite Kingsview Homes to BFC construction. Mayor de Blasio has approved a zoning override allowing BFC to build a 17 story building on a tree-filled green space within the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene, currently zoned for only 7 floors maximum.
We the undersigned support and advocate for affordable, fair, and non-discriminatory housing for all, especially when it serves a need in the community. We believe for this to be successful, it must be done through the proper process and channels. Diverging from this leaves the community improperly represented and decision makers exposed as a result of lack of due diligence.
Our goal is not to stop the project but to make sure the process:
- is accurate, transparent and correctly followed
- allows all communities directly affected to be engaged and consulted
- provides clear and timely channels of communication
On review of the process for this new building, our community has identified the following concerns:
- The approved override application contained material inaccuracies, omissions, and misrepresentations downplaying the impact of such a large building on the surrounding neighborhood and Kingsview Homes. The letter permitting the override states the approval was based solely on the information contained in this inaccurate application.
- The pre-existing community was not given opportunity for consultation on the plan even though the construction of a 17-story high-rise will have a huge impact on the quality of life of the community including air quality, safety, traffic, parking, noise pollution, street scape, and amount of sunlight as it will cast a large shadow on adjacent buildings and Fort Greene Park. Neither Kingsview Homes or Community Board 2 were included as part of the review process. Other community members may also have been excluded.
- The community was given no prior notice ahead of construction start, and no communication channels have been established to:
- explain the criteria allowing the significant zoning override from 7 to 17 stories
- explain the process for selecting BFC as the private construction company
- communicate the expected construction timeline and impact on the pre-existing community
- explain the process for resolving complaints (safety, environmental impact, out-of-hours noise, etc.)
- provide assurances the new building will continue as 100% target affordable senior housing in the future
Given the above lapses in process, our community has serious concerns surrounding the size and height of this new construction.
Unless the construction planning is revised to reflect appropriate zoning and communication compliance, we present this petition to halt construction until the below necessary actions are taken.
Actions petitioned for:
We, the undersigned, demand all construction be suspended until the following actions are taken:
- REVIEW and revisit the zoning override application for proper process and accuracy
- RESPOND to the community with findings on the above override review
- HOST one or more meetings with the community to address concerns on pending construction
- PROVIDE a communication plan to allow for local community questions and concerns to be heard throughout the duration of construction
We demand for an expedited review and responses for the above actions by September 12th 2017
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