(Brooklyn, NY) Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman (D/WF – Brooklyn) submitted testimony Tuesday, May 20, regarding the scope of the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Downtown Brooklyn Development project. Millman specifically addressed the need for a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement to consider the concerns of all communities potentially affected by this plan.
In her testimony, Millman recognized the need to address community concerns with regards to traffic and transportation. Millman stated “As the Assemblymember representing much of Downtown Brooklyn, I am enthused by the potential for economic growth that the Downtown Brooklyn Rezoning Plan projects.” Millman continued, “During these times of economic distress, I support the City’s forward thinking plan to promote sustainable economic development in Brooklyn. I would also urge the City to use a similar approach to create a comprehensive traffic mitigation and mass transportation improvement plan in conjunction with this large-scale development.”
Assemblywoman Millman also recommended extending the boundaries of the Environmental Impact Statement. Millman said, “My first recommendation is that the scope of the draft Environmental Impact Statement use expanded boundaries to include all neighborhoods potentially affected by this redevelopment. This is necessary because the proposed development would not merely affect those in the proposed zone, but its impacts extend into all neighboring communities in Community Boards 2 and 6.”
Millman concluded, “I want to reiterate my support for the redevelopment of downtown Brooklyn. I believe it is imperative that the concerns of businesses in this district be juxtaposed with the concerns of area residents, who will be most impacted by these proposals. I see the Downtown Brooklyn Development Plan as an opportunity to implement desperately needed improvements to our communities as we work toward the creation of unprecedented prosperity and economic growth for Brooklyn.”