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McGuinness Boulevard to Get 140-Unit Apartment Building?

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A Greenpoint landlord/developer wants to turn his billards shop and discount auto parts store into a new 8-story apartment building on McGuinness Boulevard between Greenpoint Avenue and Calyer Street. But the block is currently zoned M1-1 for light manufacturing and industrial uses, so the developer is seeking to have the area rezoned for medium density residential and street-level commercial, which is in line with the neighborhood's 2005 and 2009 rezonings.

The developer made his case at the Community Board 1 meeting last night, and Greenpointers reports that he also wants the Inclusionary Housing Program expanded so he can gain more developer rights in exchange for 20 percent of the units being affordable housing.

The proposed 8-story building is 155,000-square-feet with 140 apartments, 90 parking spaces, and 23,000-square-feet of ground floor retail space. Units would range from studios to 3-bedrooms. Many residents and community board members were against the proposal, citing concerns ranging from the construction noise to how to the rezoning would affect surrounding properties. People were also concerned about traffic, a strain on the school system, and more crowded public transportation?all issues that the neighborhood currently deals with/worries about because of the abundance of new developments.
· Billards & Auto Parts to Apartments on McGuinness Blvd? [Greenpointers]