Plan, funding unveiled for new affordable housing, open space in Brooklyn

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New York Construction Report staff writer

A draft zoning framework has been released for the Atlantic Avenue Mixed-Use Plan (AAMUP), along with funding commitments for affordable homes for seniors and St. Andrew’s Playground in Central Brooklyn. The draft framework adds about 4,000 new homes — including up to 1,550 income-restricted homes — to a 13-block stretch of Atlantic Avenue and the surrounding area, where restrictive zoning regulations have prevented the creation of new homes and job opportunities.

“With this zoning framework and investments in affordable housing, open space, and more, we are delivering the improvements that our neighbors who participated in the Atlantic Avenue Mixed-Use Plan engagement process have been asking for,” said DCP Director Garodnick. “For too long, outdated zoning has restricted housing opportunity and reinforced a car-and truck-centric streetscape on Atlantic Avenue. This is an important step forward to create a more vibrant Central Brooklyn.”

Mayor Eric Adams also announced $23.5 million in funding.

“In the midst of a severe housing shortage, New York City must use every inch of space it can to create new homes and invest in communities across the city,” he said. “I’m proud to be the mayor advancing this neighborhood plan for Atlantic Avenue to create thousands of new homes, deliver long-overdue investments in St. Andrew’s Playground, and advance the community’s vision for a more vibrant neighborhood in Central Brooklyn.”

The draft zoning framework proposes a high-density mix of housing and commercial uses with active ground floor uses along Atlantic Avenue.

In mid-blocks south of Atlantic Avenue between Grand Avenue and Franklin Avenue, and north of Atlantic Avenue along Herkimer Place, the draft framework proposes a special incentive to promote mixed-use development with one to two floors of non-residential uses. Along the north-south avenues of Grand, Classon, Franklin, and Bedford avenues, the framework proposes moderate density mixed-use districts with higher density along the avenues.

Also, city-owned sites at 516 Bergen Street and 542 Dean Street, and at a nonprofit-owned site at 1134 Pacific Street will be used for affordable housing opportunities. And at the Bedford-Atlantic Armory, the framework proposes bringing the armory into greater compliance with current zoning to allow flexibility for potential renovations, while allowing future community uses and exploring the possibility of affordable housing.

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