City Council approves plan to bring 8,500 new apartments to Gowanus

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The City Council on Tuesday approved the redevelopment of Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, in a plan that would bring 8,500 new apartments to the area, including 3,000 for middle-class and low-income families.

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Gowanus sits between two of the city’s most priceless neighborhoods – Park Slope and Cobble Hill.

“We are bringing this to the floor today for a vote that I truly believe is the way forward to building a more inclusive and sustainable city,” said local councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) in the council chambers on Tuesday. it shows.”

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“It was not a plan brought to the community by a developer or even City Hall,” said Lander, who is the incoming city’s comptroller.

“It started with people saying, ‘What do we want for the future of our neighborhood? How can we open up this neighborhood to create more opportunities – so low-income and middle-class families can live in the neighborhood? Are you?'” said the lander.

Gowanus sits between two of Brooklyn’s most pristine neighborhoods.
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Brad Lander
Brad Lander said the plan would “build a more inclusive and sustainable city.”
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The vote, which passed with only one objection, ends a decade-long battle over the future of the neighborhood, which dates back to Mayor de Blasio’s term as area councillor.

“This is the biggest restructuring this administration has done in our eight years,” de Blasio said in support of the plan ahead of Tuesday’s vote.

“Really, really big deal. This is exactly the kind of work we came here to do,” de Blasio said.

Officials say the development will pay $200 million in renovations to neighboring NYCHA developments, Gowanus House and Wyckoff Gardens.

Wyckoff Garden Housing
Officials say the development will pay $200 million in renovations to the neighboring NYCHA development.
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