City council gives green light to Greenpoint Landing
by Andrew Shilling
Dec 17, 2013 | 513 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The City Council last week approved the Greenpoint Landing development, a large mixed-use development on the North Brooklyn waterfront.

The final plan includes affordable housing, the designation of an Urban Development Action Area at 16 Dupont St. and 219 West St.,m and a 640-seat pre-kindergarten through 8th grade public school.

Councilman Stephen Levin worked with the developers over the 22-acre waterfront project, and said he was pleased with the open dialogue.

“As the representative and a resident of Greenpoint, I share their concerns about the lack of infrastructure and open space, as well as the environmental issues facing our neighborhood,” Levin said. “After long and detailed discussions with the developer, Greenpoint will finally be getting the open space and affordable housing that it deserves.”

As part of the agreement, developer Greenpoint Landing Associates, will contribute an additional $3 million on top of a previous $3 million to expand the Newtown Barge Park to the Newtown Creek waterfront.

“GWAPP will continue to fight for what was promised to the community in the 2005 rezoning, but in the meantime we are very happy with the money secured for Newtown Barge Park and the agreement to convene an environmental task force to address the environmental concerns of the community,” said Dewey Thompson and Christine Holowacz of the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP) in a joint statement.

The plan also includes 431 affordable housing units for families earning between 40 and 120 percent of the area median income (AMI), the same ratio to market-rate housing agreed upon in the 2005 rezoning of North Brooklyn.

To accommodate the influx of new residents, the city agreed to fund a Community Board 1 transportation study while the developer agreed to set up a free shuttle service for access to the 7 train at Court Street Station, as well as the G train at India Street.

The developer also agreed to contribute $25,000 each year to keep the new public school open after hours for use by community-based organizations.

They will also work with Levin’s office to organize a demolition, abatement and construction task force to oversee the development and environmental cleanup.

“The open space commitments, commitment to a comprehensive transportation study and environmental remediation that are part of this agreement go a long way toward meeting some of the basic needs of the North Brooklyn community,” said Ward Dennis, co-chair of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG).

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