Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation Prioritizes Quality of Community Life, Reported by City Limits

Posted on April 26, 2018

East New Yorkers Set Forth Visions for Transit Hub Redevelopment

Originally Posted in City Limits on April 25, 2018
Written by Abigail Savitch-Lew

When it comes to the junction, “we’re all about how can we get all the positive amenities and improvements and mitigate any risks of displacement,” said Michelle Neugebauer of Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, a member of the Coalition. Catherine Green of ARTs East New York said the Coalition hopes “that [when] we go into those coffee shops two years from now, we can still see our neighbors from down the block.”

Showing the audience the study area for the Broadway Junction planning effort, the Coalition said it opposes an area wide-rezoning and wishes to see “incremental development” with only single parcels upzoned one at a time, allowing the community to negotiate community benefits agreements with developers for each project. The Coalition has long expressed concerns that area-wide upzonings, like the East New York rezoning, give too much to developers for too little in return. They also argue that “incremental development” will give the city time to evaluate the impact of each new project on neighborhood displacement.

The Coalition also set forth a variety of strategies to ensure economic development benefits locals, like requiring developers to set aside affordable space for neighborhood businesses and encouraging them to do their procurement in the neighborhood as well. Anti-displacement policies to protect small businesses, homeowners, tenants, and community facilities are a top priority. The group also seeks improvements to transit, parks, and streetscaping, and an effort to make the transit hub more accessible to people with disabilities.

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