For Immediate Release
April 24, 2019
Rachaele Raynoff, Joe Marvilli – email@example.com (212) 720-3471
Developed using core principles outlined by the community, the plan aims to create and preserve affordable housing, spur job growth and address longstanding community needs in this growing neighborhood
NEW YORK - Department of City Planning (DCP) Director Marisa Lago today released the Bushwick Neighborhood Plan Update. The action plan is based on four years of community input, and includes a host of new programs and investments to support neighborhood residents. In 2014, DCP was asked to support a community-led planning process to outline stakeholders’ hopes and priorities for the area. Council Members Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal, along with Community Board 4, initiated the planning process, the Bushwick Community Plan (BCP), in response to concerns regarding out-of-character development and resident displacement, and a lack of affordable housing. The Bushwick Neighborhood Plan Update, released today, creates a roadmap to meet the community’s goals.
“Bushwick residents are justifiably proud of their dynamic community, one that is home to thousands of diverse families. As this transit-rich neighborhood continues to thrive, we are determined to preserve and create affordable housing, protect tenants, help grow more good jobs, improve parks, schools and sidewalks. We look forward to continuing to work with this dedicated, vibrant and strong community,” DCP Director Lago said.
The City’s proposal is designed to meet multiple objectives outlined by the community to grow and preserve affordable housing and jobs, increase opportunities for small business, and address neighborhood needs for open space, safer streets and more. Since 2000, Bushwick’s population has risen by nearly 15 percent, which is greater than the city rate of increase, and it has put upward pressure on rents and the neighborhood in general. The neighborhood’s current zoning allows a diversity of building types but does not require the inclusion of affordable housing in new developments, which has resulted in a boom in market-rate housing construction.
“As this city continues to grow, we must ensure that all New Yorkers have the resources they need to call New York City home. Under the Mayor’s Housing New York plan, we’re committed to a community-driven approach to plan for the path ahead, that not only anchors our neighborhoods with affordable housing, but promotes economic prosperity as well,” said Acting HPD Commissioner Eric Enderlin. “I thank our colleagues at the Department of City Planning and local elected officials for taking this important step toward shaping a secure future for the diverse Bushwick community.”
The Bushwick Neighborhood Plan Update outlines strategies to:
The Bushwick Neighborhood Plan covers roughly 300 city blocks generally bordered by Broadway to the south, Cypress Avenue to the north, Flushing Avenue to the west, and Trinity and the Evergreens Cemeteries and Broadway Junction to the east.
Since 2014, DCP has participated in more than 150 meetings with the community and its elected officials, provided analysis, and helped facilitate visioning sessions large and small. DCP convened key City agencies to identify additional neighborhood investment opportunities.
Ongoing neighborhood improvement strategies to help address local needs include:
Housing and Jobs:
Developed with core principles outlined by the community, the plan aims to create affordable housing and job opportunities on transit corridors while protecting the scale of the neighborhood. Accordingly, the plan details a land use framework with zoning changes that would:
The Bushwick Neighborhood Plan Update was presented by DCP at Community Board 4 on April 23rd. It reflects priorities that were identified during multiple planning meetings since 2014 and documented in the Bushwick Community Plan’s September 2018 report. DCP looks forward to continuing discussions on the future of Bushwick. Later this spring, a scoping meeting will be scheduled to take public comment that will inform the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Bushwick Neighborhood Plan, a prerequisite for public review.
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