Council Members Push for More Time on Coney Plan


Yesterday's City Council Land Use Committee Hearing and the Bloomberg administration's plans for Coney Island didn't go as well as the city would have liked, reports the Brooklyn Eagle. A number of Council Members, including Recchia, Avella and Yassky, argued for a delay in the ULURP process, suggesting at the same time that they were not in favor of the city's plan. Yassky said that he thought the private sector was better equipped to implement the redevelopment of the touristy area. Other areas of concern raised in all-day session were a need for more affordable housing, the potential for the use of eminent domain and whether the city has the financial means to carry through on the plan. The calls for delay and skeptical questioning followed the opening session in which Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, EDC head Seth Pinksy and Brooklyn City Planning honcho Purnima Kapur all gave prepared statements in support of the plan. The Council has only until July 13 to modify the plan and until July 29 to cast a final vote on it.
City’s Coney Island Plan Meets With Council Opposition [Brooklyn Eagle]

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