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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bay News - Brighton Beach Downzone Defeated!

The community stepped up for big development and WON! Wow!

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Rezone Nixed in Brighton
By Michèle De MeglioFriday, June 19, 2009 12:54 AM EDT

Brighton Beach will not be downzoned.The Department of City Planning (DCP) has withdrawn its proposed rezoning plan after failing to reach a consensus with City Councilmember Mike Nelson, who had lobbied for less restrictive zoning laws in the bungalow district to ensure that property values remain high.

Without the passage of the rezoning plan, Brighton Beach’s existing zoning laws, which place no height limit on new buildings in most of the area, will remain. That means residents can still sell their properties to developers who pay big bucks to construct sky-high towers next to modest homes.“I believe that Councilman Nelson got what he wanted,” said Marion Cleaver, chair of Community Board 13.

Nelson said bungalow residents are “very happy” with City Planning’s decision because “no plan is better than a bad plan.”

A City Planning source told this paper that it’s unlikely that officials will again attempt to rezone Brighton Beach.

“I do not believe that City Planning will ever take another look at Brighton,” Cleaver said.

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