As part of a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) response to rezone Coney Island’s Sea Park North neighborhood, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has revealed recommendations that urge the city to consider expanding ferry service to southern Brooklyn.
A proposal submitted by SP North of North Limited Partnership seeks to develop the Harbor Houses project that would include 153 fully affordable apartments across a seven- and eight-story building. In order to do so, parts of Mermaid and Neptune avenues at West 29th Street would need to be rezoned. Adams is recommending that in order to meet the needs of the neighborhood’s growing population, the city should consider expanding NYC Ferry service to Coney Island during this ULURP process.
“It’s time to fully utilize Brooklyn’s waterways and expand NYC Ferry service to the transit-challenged community of Coney Island,” said Adams in a press statement. “Advancing this mission through the ULURP process is the next logical step in the neighborhood’s advocacy. From Coney Island to Marine Park to Canarsie, ferry service to southern Brooklyn is a matter of transit equity whose time has come.”
Adams is also asking the city’s Department of City Planning to draft a zoning text amendment that will increase parking availability within the neighborhood. He states that the neighborhood’s popularity as a tourist destination has put a strain on parking within the area. Lastly, his recommendations call for expanded ground-floor retail along Mermaid Avenue to “retain and promote local economic activity, enhance public safety, increase public street lighting, and encourage more pedestrian foot traffic.”