Voices of Gowanus members say City Council pushing rezoning decision too fast

Residents and business owners made a statement in Gowanus Tuesday morning on the heels of a City Council committee meeting.

News 12 Staff

Oct 12, 2021, 5:23 PM

Updated 976 days ago

Share:

Residents and business owners made a statement in Gowanus Tuesday morning on the heels of a City Council committee meeting. They say the city is pushing rezoning too quickly without considering all the factors.
The people who live in this community say elected officials do not understand the long-term effects that rezoning could have. They believe climate change has had a significant impact on the area and that rezoning will wreak havoc on the neighborhood.
Some Voices of Gowanus members dressed up in swimwear while others dressed up as what they call City Hall puppets arguing their points. The subcommittee on zoning and franchises will vote on the proposal today, but it will still have to go before the full council in November. People living in the area say storms like Ida proved that the infrastructure needs to be updated and they believe rezoning, which could add up to 20,000 additional residents, will only create more challenges.
The group has also hired a well-known attorney who was involved in the Love Canal case - a community that was built on toxic soil many years ago. For those who do not have a chance to comment in Tuesday's public hearing, the City Council allows residents to write in up to 72 hours after the meeting.


More from News 12
1:47
Family of missing Morris Park man left with questions after three months

Family of missing Morris Park man left with questions after three months

2:38
Beautiful sunny skies stick around for the weekend in the Bronx

Beautiful sunny skies stick around for the weekend in the Bronx

2:06
Annual ZP Greek Festival roars on despite earlier rainfall

Annual ZP Greek Festival roars on despite earlier rainfall

1:55
Grand Concourse shop looks to help Bronx residents get in touch with spirituality

Grand Concourse shop looks to help Bronx residents get in touch with spirituality

0:31
NYPD: One teenager dead, another person injured in two Bronx subway surfing incidents

NYPD: One teenager dead, another person injured in two Bronx subway surfing incidents

2:32
Williamsbridge residents calling for help with piles of trash in their neighborhood

Williamsbridge residents calling for help with piles of trash in their neighborhood

1:30
$5.5M check to go toward outdoor field upgrades at William Taft Educational Campus, officials reveal

$5.5M check to go toward outdoor field upgrades at William Taft Educational Campus, officials reveal

1:31
Hutchinson River Restoration Project looks for volunteers for cleanup day

Hutchinson River Restoration Project looks for volunteers for cleanup day

0:23
Police identify 29-year-old fatally stabbed multiple times in the stomach in Claremont

Police identify 29-year-old fatally stabbed multiple times in the stomach in Claremont

0:25
Police: 19-year-old man wanted for stabbing another man in East Bronx

Police: 19-year-old man wanted for stabbing another man in East Bronx

Is your dad awesome? New York City tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? New York City tell us why your dad rocks!

1:34
Find out the best dining trends and dining deals in New York

Find out the best dining trends and dining deals in New York

0:24
NYPD: 2 men wanted for assaulting, robbing 50-year-old man at Mott Haven subway station

NYPD: 2 men wanted for assaulting, robbing 50-year-old man at Mott Haven subway station

1:56
Purple ribbons fill Joyce Kilmer Park to raise awareness about ongoing opioid crisis

Purple ribbons fill Joyce Kilmer Park to raise awareness about ongoing opioid crisis

1:03
Lawsuit alleges sexual abuse at juvenile detention centers in New York City

Lawsuit alleges sexual abuse at juvenile detention centers in New York City

1:44
Bronx Small Business Challenge winner challenging gender roles through woodworking

Bronx Small Business Challenge winner challenging gender roles through woodworking

2:19
Proposed child care budget cuts have some worried about their kids’ future

Proposed child care budget cuts have some worried about their kids’ future

1:33
New public park gives Bronx residents waterfront access

New public park gives Bronx residents waterfront access

1:29
NYPD: 42-year-old stabbed, robbed outside Williamsbridge bodega after argument; suspects at large

NYPD: 42-year-old stabbed, robbed outside Williamsbridge bodega after argument; suspects at large

1:55
From the Bronx to Broadway: Actress Kecia Lewis earns her first Tony nomination

From the Bronx to Broadway: Actress Kecia Lewis earns her first Tony nomination