Contentious rezoning along Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal passes the NYC City Council

After being given the go-ahead by the New York City Council’s Land Use Committee earlier this month, the full council has near-unanimously passed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vast and vexed Gowanus Neighborhood Plan. The plan will upzone an 82-block swath of the (once) largely industrial Brooklyn neighborhood to allow for 8,500 new apartments by 2035. It is the first zoning change for Gowanus in six decades.

Three-thousand of those 8,500 units will be earmarked as permanently affordable, and the rezoning also calls for $200 million in much-needed capital improvements for Wykoff Gardens and the Gowanus Houses, two major public housing complexes in the neighborhood.

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