The city council approved the redevelopment of Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood on Tuesday in a plan that will bring 8,500 new apartments to the area, including 3,000 for middle-class and low-income families.
Gowanus is located between two of the district’s most expensive neighborhoods – Park Slope and Cobble Hill.
“We are bringing this reshuffle to a vote today, which I truly believe represents the way forward for building a more inclusive and sustainable city,” said local councilor Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) in Council chambers on Tuesday.
“This was not a plan brought to the community by a developer or even by City Hall,” added Lander, who is the upcoming city inspector.
“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 that low-income and middle-class families can live in the neighborhood?'” Lander said.
The vote, which was passed with only one objection, concludes the year-long battle over the neighborhood’s future, which dates back to Mayor de Blasio’s tenure as the area’s councilor.
Speaking in support of the plan before Tuesday’s vote, Mr Blasio said: “This is the biggest change this administration has made in our eight years.”
“Really, really great stuff. That’s exactly the kind of thing we came here to do,” de Blasio said.
Officials say the development will also pay for $ 200 million in renovations to the adjacent NYCHA buildings, the Gowanus houses and the Wyckoff Gardens.
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