Bed-Stuy North Rezoning Approved by City Council

New regulations will restrict the height of new developments, while also encouraging affordable housing and more commercial corridors.

City Council voted Thursday to approve the rezoning of Bedford-Stuyvesant North, a 140 block section bounded roughly by Lafayette Avenue and Quincy Street to the south, Classon and Franklin Avenues to the west, Broadway to the east and Flushing Avenue to the north.

Though the blocks in question are mostly made up on brownstone buildings and low-rise apartments, the lack of height restrictions on the area has made it vulnerable to “out-of-context” property development, according to the office of Councilman Al Vann, who helmed the project, along with Community Board 3.

Other goals for the project include incentives for the development of affordable housing and the encouragement of more commercial and residential corridors near public transit hubs.

“I’m extremely pleased to have seen this rezoning project to a successful conclusion during my final council term,” said Vann, in a statement. “Zoning is a powerful public policy tool for protecting neighborhoods and shaping development. I expect that this innovative rezoning will accomplish its many goals, while giving homeowners the freedom to make modest, appropriate improvements to their homes.”

“With today’s success, it seems that the hundreds of hours of site visits, community forums and working meetings were well worth it,” added Henry Butler, Chair of Community Board 3.

SuF October 14, 2012 at 03:02 PM
What does it mean: "Lafayette and Quincy to the south?" Those streets run parallel, so only one can be it, so which one is the southern border?
C. Zawadi Morris October 14, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Hi SuF according to the map and the City Council's definition of the area, the borders are not contiguous and are sometimes defined by a few blocks that stagger north to south (see map).
B Chavez October 15, 2012 at 01:14 AM
This seems very suspicious. Why now? Who are the developers who put money in Vann and hos cohorts pockets to make this happen NOW?
Keith Gemerek October 15, 2012 at 01:22 AM
The map, the description in the article and the answer above do not translate to clear information. Flushing Avenue is not even on the map. In the interest of clarity, where can we go to get information about what part of the community this affects?
VBHouse October 15, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Why is all the focus only on the North side of the neighborhood? People own houses in the South side too -- we need the same protection and suffer much more from low commercial growth. I get that they are trying to develop Fulton Street, but we also have Dekalb which was a busy commercial corridor back in the day. Blocks breaking up and forming micro communities is divisive. Why can't we as work together and make the whole neighborhood better? We pay taxes (and property) on the South side too and deserve to have the $$$ flow on our side, policing and commercial growth. Not to feel like we are living in the "bottoms" of the neighbhorhood!!
Yooberg October 15, 2012 at 01:57 PM
What's the connection between the proposed historic districts map included in the article and the adopted rezoning by City Council? The more appropriate info is from the DCP website regarding the rezoning. Existing zoning: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/bed_stuy_north/existing_zoning_map.pdf Proposed rezoning: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/bed_stuy_north/proposed_zoning_map.pdf And general info: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/bed_stuy_north/bed_stuy_north3.shtml
Claudette Brady October 15, 2012 at 02:13 PM
VBHouse - Bedford-Stuyvesant South was re-zoned in 2007. The re-zoning of Bedford-Stuyvesant was done in 2 phases.
Claudette Brady October 15, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Yooberg - There is no connection.
Joe Gonzalez October 16, 2012 at 03:31 PM
There is a connection. Bed Stuy rezoning was done in two phases. Bed Stuy "South" was first to be rezoned (in 2007) and that is because it is top heavy with the 'brownstone elistists' who control Community Board 2. CB2's 40 Members are 100% Black and all live in Brownstones on BedStuy's "southside". BedStuy "North" was intentionally delayed to allow the Williamsburgh interlopers to sneal into BedStuy and gain a foot hold and build these oversized properties which they have done. Go figure. They are currently schemeing to turn a one story former laundry factory located at Willoughby and Nostrand Avenue into a seven story synogugue, school and who knows what else. The NYC Zoning board currently has their application before it. I say its time to call in the FBI to probe all these sleazy real estate deals in BedStuy.
Ajcji1330 October 16, 2012 at 05:08 PM


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