Coney condos to move forward
Community board approves three high rise towers
Last week, Community Board 13 gave the go-ahead to change zoning on two lots at the neighborhood’s neglected western edge, 20 blocks away from the amusement hub — and steps away from exclusive Sea Gate — where a developer wants to build three high-rise condo towers and retail stores.
If the city moves ahead with the rezone, it will be the first time luxury, market-rate housing will be built on the ocean-side of Surf Avenue. The city’s 2009 re-zoning of the neighborhood allows for ocean-side high-rises just west of MCU Park between Parachute Way and W. 22nd Street, but the homes must be affordable for low-income residents — both renters and owners — according to the Department of City Planning. The condo complex and shopping center, dubbed Ocean Dreams, is slated to be built on two seaside lots between W. 34th and 36th streets, Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk. The buildings would have 400 apartments, a parking lot, and two courtyards for lounging.