This site will serve as a depository for information and photos in documenting the ongoing destruction of Sunset Park through architecturally-bankrupt, non-contextual and shoddy overdevelopment.
The SunsetParkMatters blog has been created to track the physical changes taking place in our community, as well as the impact these changes are having on our quality of life. Sunset Park cannot survive the onslaught of irresponsible, inappropriate and, "right down ugly" over-building we continue to experience. Don't wait for anyone else to stop and, hopefully, reverse the destruction of Sunset Park.The people responsible for this out-of-control construction don't even live here, you and I are the ones being affected. Please document every change on your and neighboring block(s). This blog will post all "before & after" pictures and we are keeping a database of construction permits filed, permits approved and violations/stop work orders issued. You will be able to request information about your block by posting your questions.
Friday, June 5, 2009
LOOK UP YOUR BLOCK ON THE PLANNING DEPT'S PROPOSED REZONING PLAN MAP
HAVE YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBORS CHECKED OUT THE DEPT. OF CITY PLANNING's
PROPOSED REZONING PLAN
FOR THE SUNSET PARK BLOCK WHERE YOU LIVE OR HAVE YOUR BUSINESS?
GO TO: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/sunset_park/sunset3.shtml
CLICK ON THE MAP TO ENLARGE VIEW
LOCATE YOUR BLOCK AND JOT DOWN THE PROPOSED ZONING DESIGNATION(S)
LOOK-UP THE DETAILS ABOUT EACH DESIGNATION ON THE SAME PAGE AS MAP.
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO CATEGORIES R6A, R6B, R7A.
AFTER YOU CHECK YOUR BLOCK, LOOK AT THE AVENUES.
COME TO THE HEARING AT BOROUGH HALL AT 5:00 PM ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10TH
FOR EXAMPLE-NYC Zoning Handbook:Residential Districts: R6A
R6A districts differ from R6 districts primarily in greater lot coverage and modified height and setback regulations. These typically produce six-story apartment buildings designed to be compatible with existing buildings found in older neighborhoods. The R6A district is mapped primarily in Brooklyn and Queens; Prospect Park Southwest in Brooklyn is a typical R6A street.
The FAR in R6A districts is 3.0. The street wall of a building must be located within a mandated front wall setback area of eight feet on a wide street or 15 feet on a narrow street. The maximum building height is determined by the building envelope which may not be penetrated by the building. The building envelope is controlled by the intersection of front and rear sky exposure planes that rise according to a specific ratio. The Quality Housing Program is mandatory in R6A districts.
Required parking: One per dwelling unit or 50% of dwelling units if grouped
Quality Housing Program: Mandatory
THIS PLAN MUST BE SCALED BACK: 6 STORIES ON SIDE STREETS OR 7 STORIES ON 7TH AVENUE IS TOO TALL. ALSO, THE NEW TALL BUILDINGS ARE EXPENSIVE CONDOS THAT SERVE THE PURPOSE OF A TAX HAVEN (READ- PLACES TO HIDE CASH), THESE ARE NOT APARTMENTS FOR WORKING CLASS OR MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE WHO REPORT THEIR INCOME. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS WERE LOST LAST YEAR BECAUSE OF THE DEMOLITION/BUILDING BOOM OF THE PAST 2 YEARS.
WAKE UP, SUNSET PARK! SPEAK-UP BEFORE WE LOOSE THE VIEW FROM THE PARK, OUR BEAUTIFUL ROW HOUSE STREETS AND OUR HERITAGE AS A FAMILY NEIGHBORHOOD FOR MANY DIFFERENT ETHNIC GROUPS SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY. WHAT HAS TAKEN OVER 170 YEARS TO BUILD IS BEING DESTROYED IN 1 DECADE.