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City Council approves plan to bring 8,500 new apartments to Gowanus

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The City Council authorised the redevelopment of Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood Tuesday, in a plan that may bring 8,500 new apartments to the world together with 3,000 for middle-class and lower-income households.

Gowanus sits between two of the borough’s priciest neighborhoods — Park Slope and Cobble Hill.

“We are bringing to the floor for a vote today this rezoning that I really believe represents the way forward to build a more inclusive and sustainable city,” mentioned native Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) within the Council Chambers Tuesday.

“This was not a plan brought to the community by a developer or even by City Hall,” added Lander, who’s the incoming metropolis comptroller.

“It began by people saying, ‘What do we want for the future of our neighborhood? How can we open this neighborhood up to create more opportunities — so low income and middle class families can live in the neighborhood?’” Lander mentioned.

Street scenes from the Gowanus neighborhood
Gowanus sits between two of Brooklyn’s priciest neighborhoods.
Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis by way of Getty Images
Brad Lander
Brad Lander mentioned the plan would “build a more inclusive and sustainable city.”
BRIGITTE STELZER

The vote, which handed with just one objection, ends the decade-long combat over the neighborhood’s future, which dates again to Mayor de Blasio’s tenure as the world’s councilman.

De Blasio spoke in help of the plan earlier than Tuesday’s vote saying, “This is the biggest rezoning this administration has done over our eight years.”

“Really, really big deal. This is exactly the kind of thing we came here to do,” de Blasio mentioned.

Officials say the event can even pay for $200 million in renovations on the neighboring NYCHA developments, the Gowanus Houses and Wyckoff Gardens.

Wyckoff Gardens Housing
Officials say the event can even pay for $200 million in renovations at neighboring NYCHA developments.
Paul Martinka

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