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December 5, 2008

Reps. Velázquez and Towns Urge Greater Participation in Broadway Triangle Project

NEW YORK – U.S. Representatives Nydia M. Velázquez and Edolphus “Ed” Towns have joined community leaders from Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant in demanding expanded community participation in the “Broadway Triangle” rezoning project. 

This site, centrally located in these three communities, is one of the last large, open spaces in North Brooklyn.  Reps. Velázquez and Towns have urged Housing and Preservation Development (HPD) to allow members of the Broadway Triangle Community Coalition to voice their concerns and participate in future discussions. The organization represents over 40 major housing, religious, tenant and neighborhood groups throughout Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Rep. Velázquez stated, “The rezoning of Williamsburg and Greenpoint has increased the pressure on low-income and moderate-income families in need of real affordable housing.  While zoning laws and regulations set out to improve communities and the city, recent history has shown a reverse effect to the detriment of residents and small, local businesses. I believe that no single person or one group of people can have sufficient information to determine the best use for this area.”

“I join the Broadway Triangle Community Coalition in their efforts to create an open and effective plan, which allows all the stakeholders to have input that will bring about affordable housing and economic development to the residents of Brooklyn.” said Rep. Towns.

Representatives of the Coalition came together on Wednesday, December 3, at Woodhull Hospital to develop a plan for the area to present to the city.

Rep. Velazquez concluded, “Today, more than ever when residents are spending more than 50 percent of their incomes on rent, there needs to be a comprehensive affordable housing and economic development plan.  This is why I join the Broadway Triangle Coalition in their effort to create a charrette that is democratic, open and inclusive of all stakeholders.”