1620 Cortelyou-Hearing, Info Session and more

1620 Cortelyou Update: Public Hearing, Info Session, Email Action!

Public hearing, info session, email action and more.  

No Spot Upzoning for
1620 Cortelyou Road 

We know national politics is rightfully taking up a lot of our collective attention. But the forces of real estate interests are not stopping because of a contested national election or even because of the pandemic. We believe acting locally with our neighbors is a great way to channel progressive energy. So stay involved!
This location was part of the comprehensive community planning Flatbush Rezoning in 2009. It should not be spot zoned now to serve one developer at the expense of the community. The developer is seeking approval to build up to 45’ higher and 87% larger than current zoning allows. The proposal is too high and too big. If they are allowed an upzoning there could be more demolitions and more glass luxury towers along Cortelyou Road. Affordable housing should be a public investment not reliant on market forces with massive upzonings that come with up to 400% more luxury units than "affordable" ones.

Brooklyn Borough President (and candidate for Mayor) Eric Adams'
Public Hearing Tuesday November 10th, 6pm. 

Sign up to SPEAK HERE 

More info and talking points here. Sign up to speak even if it is brief. You can say just say you agree with the other people speaking in opposition and that will add your voice and be important!
Click HERE TO EMAIL Council Member Mathieu Eugene and Borough President Eric Adams and other elected officials and tell them to say
NO UPZONING for 1620 Cortelyou Road.

(The incumbent is term-limited but wants his brother to be elected in 2021.) 
Download this flier here and print and post.
Join Cortelyou Coalition, a group of neighbors to learn more about the proposed upzoning of 1620 Cortelyou Road and the potential demolition of the grocery store and the laundry/cleaners for a mostly market-rate/luxury tower.  Facebook event link here (works only if you are in that neighborhood group). Zoom link here for all.
To recap so far, the developer hired a lobbyist for this matter in 2016 thru today to target the NYC Department of City Planning, Chair Marisa Lago and also the current Council Member Mathieu Eugene. These are years-long conversations that do not include the community.

This upzoning proposal was heard at Community Board 14 at the end of October 2020. Not surprisingly, the Board approved it. But the Board plays only an advisory role. The next step is the Brooklyn Borough President's hearing on November 10th mentioned up above, so sign up and speak! You can see the video of the October Board hearing here and listen to local testimony in opposition.

We are disappointed to note that at that first hearing of the public ULURP process, none of the ten candidates currently running for the 40th City Council District in 2021 testified on this critical matter. 

Of course, people are busy, and this matter will be settled before the election next year, but we were surprised that none of them spoke up at this critical stage. The current Council Member was not present for the hearing either. ULURP land use matters are a major role of the NYC Council and our next representative should be a strong advocate. It is our hope to see the candidates participate in the public hearing process and state publicly where they stand on this and other issues now, not later, so that we can have some real information to determine how they will perform in the Council.
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