Brad on CB 12's Approval of the Culver El Rezoning
In the Press
Statement of City Councilmember Brad Lander on Community Board 12's Overwhelming Approval of the Culver El Rezoning to Create Affordable Housing:
“I am very pleased by Community Board 12’s overwhelming approval of the Culver El rezoning (the area from 36th to 39th street, 12th Avenue to 14th Avenue, along the site of the old elevated Culver Subway line). Thanks to CB12's long-standing support, we are moving forward toward the day when this under-utilized space will provide 68 new units of affordable housing for families who desparately need it.
“Southern Brooklyn Development Organization, the driving force behind this project, has found a creative and innovative way to provide affordable housing to families in need. They deserve plenty of credit for having the vision to propose this project, and the tireless dedication to keep it moving forward over many years. Credit is also due to my predecessor in the City Council, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (and especially to his former staff member and community leader Yeruchim Silber), to former Councilmember Simcha Felder, to Community Board 12, the Department of City Planning, and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development for all their work on this project.
I look forward to working with all of them, as well as my colleagues in the Council, David Greenfield and Sara Gonzalez, to make sure this important project moves forward as quickly as possible. The next steps are approval by the Brooklyn Borough President, the City Planning Commission, and then the City Council. We hope to have all the necessary approvals in place over the next few months.
“As an affordable housing advocate throughout my career, I know that this new development along the Culver El site, and the affordable homes in provides, will be a most welcome addition to Borough Park."
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