Friday, September 23, 2011

Boerum Hill's historic character to be preserved in perpetuity after new zoning laws

City Council approves zoning change for Boerum Hill

September 21, 2011 06:00PM
The City Council today approved a new zoning plan in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill that will cap new development at 50 feet, the New York Post reported. Boerum Hill residents had pushed hard for the new zoning regulations to prevent large towers from rising in their neighborhood as are already planned in nearby Prospect Heights for the controversial Atlantic Yards project.

City Council member Steve Levin represents the historic, landmarked neighborhood, and said many of the homes were built more than 150 years ago and the rezoning "is going to make sure that… historic character is preserved in perpetuity."

The rezoning area is flanked by Atlantic Avenue to the north, Court Street to the west, Fourth Avenue to the east and parts of Warren and Wyckoff streets to the south. The new rules are similar to zoning changes put in place in Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Park Slope, and Carroll Gardens. [Post]

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