Community members voice concerns over proposed rezoning, say it would ruin Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Community Board 9 rejected the proposal in June, stating that the current zoning considered heights projects for the gardens to be sustained.

News 12 Staff

Jul 28, 2021, 9:56 PM

Updated 1,091 days ago

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Community members gathered at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Wednesday to voice their opposition to a project that they say would ruin the garden.
Community members say that if a rezoning proposal is approved, it would be extremely hurtful to the community and all the plant species that live there. 
The Fight for Sunlight campaign has been speaking out since the developer unveiled the project. 
Nearly 60,000 residents have signed the position rejecting the developer’s application. 
Community Board 9 rejected the proposal in June, stating that the current zoning considered heights projects for the gardens to be sustained. 
The board also says modifications after the ULURP process should not be considered, but most importantly this would be inconsistent with the characteristic of the neighborhood. 
One of the main concerns for the garden is that the nearby building would cast a shadow over many of the plants—potentially leading to their demise.
New York City’s Planning Commission will hold a hearing on the project on Thursday. 
News 12 reached out to the Planning Commission for a comment and has not heard back yet.


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