By COLlive reporter
Brooklyn Community Board 9, the local government unit of New York City encompassing Crown Heights, will be meeting on Tuesday, February 25, to discuss the rezoning of several houses in the neighborhood.
The proposal by the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council (CHJCC) aims to remove some zoning restrictions that forbid homeowners from expanding and renovating their homes.
At this time portions of Carroll, Crown, President and Union Streets are zoned R-2 or R-4. “These zoning designations do not permit any extension of current 1 and 2 family houses in those areas,” explained Eli Cohen, Executive Director of the Community Council.
He said many larger families, or families trying to accommodate aging parents, have sought to add bedrooms or expand living areas only to find that they are not permitted to do so.
Late last year, the Jewish Community Council wrote to the community board asking that the issue be examined. The Land Use Committee of CB9 held a meeting recently on the topic and recommended that the issue be sent to the full Board.
The meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday 7pm at Intermediate School 61, 400 Empire Blvd. The Community Board will allow time for residents to speak about the issue before the vote.