East New York Elected Officials Call on City to Cut Out Arlington Village from Re-Zone

Media Advisory for Thursday April 7th, 2pm, East New York, Brooklyn

Contact (English and Spanish):
Videsh Persaud, persaudv@assembly.state.ny.us, 718-386-4576
Graham Parker, gparker@nysenate.gov, 518-455-2177
Julia Watt-Rosenfeld, Juliaw@cypresshills.org 917-572-1303

East New York Elected Officials Call on City to Cut Out Arlington Village from Re-Zone

As East New York Plan nears completion, elected official, tenants and advocates call on City to remove 300,000 square foot parcel to prevent speculation.

WHO: New York State Senator Martin Dilan, New York State Assembly Member Erik Dilan, Arlington Village tenants, Coalition for Community Advancement: Progress for East New York/Cypress Hills, and advocates.

WHAT: Presser at Arlington Village (Atlantic Avenue and Atkins Avenue) to call on City to cut out Arlington Village from the East New York Plan in order to ensure that housing at deeper level of affordability are built there.

As the City Council prepares to vote on the East New York Plan in less than two weeks, State elected officials and community members demand that deep affordable housing becomes the top priority.

Arlington Village is of extreme importance to the community, in that it is the single largest development parcel in the neighborhood, a lot size of 310,000 SF, and, with the proposed East New York rezoning, an increase to allow for total buildable development of 1,184,580 SF. The site is also at a critical location–centrally sited in the community and on the largest thoroughfare receiving the most additional density in the rezoning plan – Atlantic Avenue. Under MIH, only 25% of the units would be affordable at an average of 60% AMI. Those affordable units would remain unaffordable for half of neighborhood residents. The remaining 75% of units would be rented at market rate and unaffordable to most current residents.

Providing additional density on this site averts what in any other neighborhood would require a developer to go through an extensive public review process, and to make commitments to the neighborhood in the form of, for example, a Community Benefits Agreement. The major significance of the Arlington Village site requires a real, site-specific, public review process.

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, April 7, 2016 2pm, Atlantic Avenue and Atkins Avenue, East New York, Brooklyn

VISUALS: Community residents with large signs, including data about how East New York Plan fails to build housing affordable to current residents

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