The Q at Parkside

(for those for whom the Parkside Q is their hometrain)

News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Now's the Time to Weigh In and Be Way In To Rezoning

As promised, the Q is here to tell you that months of bickering about the who, what, where, why and how around TALL buildings in Lefferts is leading to this: a community-voted assessment of how we'd like our neighborhood to grow. The only way to influence that meaningfully is to work with the City on zoning. And the only way to influence the Community Board's decision-making is to show up at Committee meetings on the issue. Let me be very clear: it is usually too late to wait til the day of the actual vote, which will happen on the fourth Tuesday of some month - an actual Board meeting. Committee meetings are where the details and wording of any proposal get worked out, and they are also open to the public, and are held at the CB9 office, and are generally small enough for your voice to be heard. The committee then recommends action to the full board. Many members of the Board will assume the committee has done its due diligence, and will likely vote with the committee's recommendation. Some, but not all of course. And some may even be swayed by public comment on the day of the vote. So if you can't make it, you should be sure to show up for a final vote and sign up to speak.


This Monday the 28th at 7PM, the ULURP (Universal Land Use Review Process) Committee will meet to discuss zoning changing to Lefferts and Dodgertown (a cute micro-nabe east of Kings County Hospital before Utica).

AND if you act now!! On the same agenda, we'll be discussing whether to let Phat Albert's open a gym. Apparently Mr. Albert Srour will need various permits that require approvals. I've heard many people say they're excited about the proposed Planet Fitness at that location.

Here's the agenda with the deets:


Anonymous said...

*Weigh* in, Tim.

(unless there's joke I'm not getting)

Clarkson FlatBed said...

My editor is out with the crabs. Thanks for the nab!

Anonymous said...

These community meetings are nothing but political theater.

The decisions are always made and etched in stone before the public is convened. Then, at the meetings, members of the public are given a place to stand and a microphone into which they can rant and rave.

But to no avail.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Phat Albert;
That building needs protecting from the wrecking ball. It's a great building with some great detail. It's also the gateway to our neighborhood, architecturally speaking.

It's on a prime piece of land, possibly worth more without the building, so a formal preservation label would allow it to remail regardless of what a future owners desires might be.