The Boerum Hill Association is petitioning local residents to join their call for rezoning the 3rd and 4th Avenue corridor.
The Association has asked the Department of City Planning (DCP) to protect the neighborhood from large development projects. With the exception of St. Marks Place, the DCP has granted no contextual zoning protection till west of 4th Avenue. The neighborhood around the corridor is still zoned R7B, which allows for a higher density than the surrounding areas of Boerum Hill zoned R6B.
The association claims that the residential character of the the neighborhood could quickly change, given that 60 percent of the residential areas in the corridor are zoned for low-rise developments.
With increased residential development in the area, the building of the arena, and the Atlantic Yards project; Boerum Hill could quickly find itself in a foreign environment of apartment complexes instead of brownstones.
The BHA is calling on locals to add their voice to the Association’s cry for rezoning the corridor, saying “I am convinced that hearing from you is our last best hope for changing its position. That is why I am writing to you-because you are personally impacted-to urge all of you to write Commissioner Burden at http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maildcp.html and ask her to support the Association’s rezoning proposal, as Councilmember Levin has called on her to do.”
Today, Boerum Hill enjoys the luxuries of life in Brownstone Brooklyn separated from higher density developments by major thoroughfares. Tomorrow might be another story. Or three, or four…