City looking at Empire Boulevard for possible rezoning.
A local grassroots organization fears the city is getting ready to rezone Empire Boulevard for luxury developments.

The city is meeting with various community groups in a preclude to possibly rezoning Empire Boulevard on the southern end of Crown Heights, Our Time Press reports.

Empire Boulevard is currently zoned for commercial use only, although there are a few residential buildings on the thoroughfare that were in place before it was zoned commercial, so they are ‘grandfathered’ in.

The city’s involvement comes after Community Board 9 requested a zoning study of the entire district, but singled out Empire Boulevard as part of their request.

The bureaucratic movement spurred  a grass-roots start-up organization, dubbed The Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP), whose major concern is the city plans to turn Empire Boulevard into a canyon of luxury high-rise buildings. The organization fears that even with the inclusion of some affordable apartments, a rezoning of the thoroughfare could further destabilize the already working-class neighborhood.


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  1. another high price apartments with maybe a very small affordability 20 percent affordable or even lower they can care less about people who needs real before you vote again for some elected official on affordability will you really benefit from it.

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