By COLlive reporter
Crown Heights Jewish activists are asking community members to attend the discussions about rezoning at the Community Board 9 on Wednesday, February 4.
Set for 7:00pm at the St. Francis DeSales School at 260 Eastern Parkway, the meeting will discuss the parameters of the area allowed to expand their building structure.
Under consideration is the area of Eastern Parkway to Clarkson Avenue, New York Avenue to Flatbush Avenue and Ocean Avenue. But the Jewish section of Crown Heights isn’t being considered.
The Jewish community requested they be included in the R2 zoning, which will allow residents to renovate and expand their homes, and held several meeting with city officials, says Eli Cohen, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Council.
“Many of the Jewish residents of the community were shocked when the map that was circulated in advance of this ULURP meeting does not include any of the area of the original request,” Cohen writes in a letter to Board 9.
ULURP stands for Uniform Land Use Review Procedure and there has been a vocal conspiracy claiming that decision, claiming that the “black community is being sold to White developers.”
Cohen writes in response that “we echo that question” that “none of the areas of the District with large Jewish populations were included.”
He told COLlive.com that many Jewish residents have found it difficult to expand their homes after the City changed the restrictions of the current zoning.
And if the original request is not honored, “we demand that at the very least the blocks most directly impacted by the R-2 designation – i.e. the blocks of row houses that are in an R-2 zone – be added back into the area for which the board is requesting a study.”
That change would add 4 blocks – Carroll Street between New York Avenue and Kingston Avenue and Crown Street between New York Avenue and Kingston Avenue.
Community Board 9, chaired by Dwayne Nicholson, is an advisory group to New York City about matters in its district. It operates under Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.