Brooklyn, N.Y. – On March 29, 2006 at a New York City Board of Standards and Appeals hearing, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman submitted testimony urging the Board to deny a developer’s proposal to circumvent zoning regulations and erect a 12 story luxury apartment complex at 182 15th Street in South Park Slope, Brooklyn. The developer attempted to have the project vested under the old, more lenient zoning code regulations which were changed last year by the City Council.
Assemblywoman Millman argued in her testimony that the Board of Standards and Appeals should not issue a variance in this case where, even if the necessary foundation work was completed, it was finished only by violating the rules set to protect our communities and our workers.
“Beyond the unsafe practices used by the developer, I firmly believe that the proposed building is contrary to the spirit of the neighborhood and the intention of the new zoning designation,” said Assemblywoman Millman in her testimony. “The 12 story structure planned at 182 15th Street will dwarf the surrounding three and four story row houses and will be out of context with the rest of the neighborhood. While I am excited about aspects of development in Brooklyn, we need to be cautious as we move forward and ensure that development is sensitive to the surrounding community.”
For the full text of Assemblywoman Millman’s testimony, please click here.