Atlantic Avenue should be planned by the community, not by developers!

Join your community in a request to city agencies and Mayor Adams for an inclusive and comprehensive neighborhood planning process for Atlantic Avenue and neighboring area to generate truly affordable housing together with a plan for improvements to transportation, open space, schools, and family-sustaining jobs.


Here’s the petition text:

We need a holistic neighborhood plan for the Atlantic Avenue area, from Flatbush to Nostrand – not a series of disconnected private developments.

WE THE UNDERSIGNED are writing to request that the City Council reject two private applications for zoning map and text amendments to permit the construction of two individual  17-story luxury buildings on Atlantic Avenue.  

Instead we want to see a broad-based collaborative planning effort for the Atlantic Avenue area that brings to the table the community members most at risk of displacement, and that generates much-needed truly affordable housing together with a plan that includes improvements to transportation, open space, schools, and family-sustaining jobs.

We object to the uncoordinated and profit-driven context in which the two developments, scheduled to be voted on in April of 2022, were proposed. They are part of an onslaught of private developer-driven proposals (six of them already approved) within less than three years. Together they add over 2,200 units of mostly market-rate housing. While they are only a ½ mile from each other, the 8 projects stretch over three community boards, 2 city council districts and 4 neighborhoods (Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights). Their collective impact on our communities has never been examined. 

Instead many categories in the required Environmental Assessment Statements were left blank because each of these individual projects on its own did not meet the threshold to require an answer. No one has ever looked at how many residents, businesses and workers just these eight projects will displace collectively. No one has ever studied whether additional school seats or other community facilities would be needed for 5,000 new residents.

Hampered by a pandemic, the outgoing administration and local council members failed to follow up on a request by Community Board 8 to engage in a neighborhood plan and instead let private developers proceed in this planning void. This does not add up to a neighborhood plan. It does not add significant amounts of affordable housing or improvements to the already dangerous Atlantic Avenue.

In her testimony to the City Planning commission on these two rezoning applications, Council Member Crystal Hudson said: “[…] I support a comprehensive vision for city planning — not just for our city at large but also for the 35th District. That starts along Atlantic Avenue, where we have a chance to foster a community-led process that will center our neighbors’ needs.” 

We ask the City Council to reject these two applications and Mayor Adams to follow through with CM Hudson’s proposal for a broad and transparent community-led process for Atlantic Avenue and its adjacent communities.


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