Activists plan to rally against controversial rezoning plan in Gowanus Tuesday

Many fear that it will push out creatives in the area, make it unaffordable and put a further environmental strain in an already compromised and environmentally complicated area.

News 12 Staff

Oct 12, 2021, 2:52 AM

Updated 1,014 days ago

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Activists are planning to rally in Gowanus Tuesday to denounce a controversial rezoning plan that they say will permanently affect their neighborhood, and may force long-term residents out.
On Tuesday morning, activists from a local group called “Voice of Gowanus” will take the streets near Union Street and 4th Avenue -- ahead of a public hearing scheduled before the City Council about the rezoning. 
They say it would be an environmental and economic strain on the area. 
There’s a plan put together by a Manhattan-based landscape architecture firm that’s been in the works for years, with the goal to create new developments on land. 
Many fear that it will push out creatives in the area, make it unaffordable and put a further environmental strain in an already compromised and environmentally complicated area. 
A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday for the City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises as part of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), where members are slated to discuss the project. 
The vote is expected on or before Nov. 15 for the decision.


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