Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Community Board 13 'Revisions' To City Plan

Members of Community Board 13 met yesterday to vote on revisions to the city plan to rezone Coney Island. Though, CB13's role is only advisory, it's a first and important step in the public review process for Bloomberg's plans. The full vote is expected to take place tomorrow (Wednesday, March 11th at 8pm) at the Coney Island Hospital.

It is disturbing to the character of Coney Island that some of their revisions include increasing the retail space in the plan from 2,500 square feet to 10,000 square feet in the amusement zone. With big retail failing in this country under our economic crisis, it makes no sense why this would be stipulated here. It shows a lack of conceptual thinking and carelessness to the character of Coney Island. Other stipulations being shoved into this 'plan' is mix-income housing. Eminent domain is also to be considered eliminated.

The Brooklyn Paper wrote:

For the Mayor to accomplish its plan, the city must acquire - by purchasing or condemning - 10 1/2 acres from Sitt, who has promised to own his own gleaming, tourist destination of rides, hotels an shopping. sources say the two sides are far from reaching a deal, as they have been for much of the past year and more.

The plan will also be voted on by Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz.

One way to really help save Coney Island is to storm this meeting tomorrow and demand them to use their intelligence and rethink their voting. Sense has to be knocked into them. Their way of thinking has got be changed.

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