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Billyburg Waterfront Hearing Report: Zzzzzz

When we asked for reports from the Williamsburg/Greenpoint rezoning hearing, we hoped for word of fireworks. Would you settle for sparklers? A Curbed correspondent reports from the scene:

Next was the "public" portion of the program. Two-minute speeches from various people, with the Councilmembers looking bored, since they didn't ask questions to keep things moving. The developers were for development, the community (subsection A - improved property values for home-owners and small businesses, waterfront access, etc) was for development, and the community (subsection B - affordable housing advocates, not-for-profits, etc) was for affordable housing.
Huh. Knew there was a reason we skipped these things. For those who must, the fur flies in full after the jump.
This wasn't a real hearing as much it was all sides making their positions public.

The City went first, with City Planning and HPD (Housing Preservation and Development) explaining the plan - both the zoning and the affordability issues. Then some of the council members in attendance (it was just a sub-committe hearing after all!) asked questions about the plan, with almost all questions concerning affordable housing. They didn't seem to care about the upland (which is what most of the community cares about...they live there after all!) For the most part they focused on the waterfront sites, and they want to use these sites to create parks, affordable housing, union jobs, etc. Did they forget that this is private land that has been unused for decades, and it will take alot of work from both the developers and the City to clean things up to a point that people would want to live there?

Next was the "public" portion of the program. Two-minute speeches from various people, with the Councilmembers looking bored, since they didn't ask questions to keep things moving. The developers were for development, the community (subsection A - improved property values for home-owners and small businesses, waterfront access, etc) was for development, and the community (subsection B - affordable housing advocates, not-for-profits, etc) was for affordable housing.

· Sussing the Billyburg Waterfront Debate [Curbed]