Thursday, April 17, 2008

City Makes Huge Change to Its Coney Plan

City Plan-Old-New

The city has made some major changes to its Coney Island plan in an effort to craft a compromise with landowners like developer Joe Sitt and to get it moving. Today's Times reports that the core amusement area that would be acquired from landowners has been reduced from 15 acres to nine acres and that existing owners would be allowed to develop property removed from the plan in accordance with the rezoning that is approved. An excerpt:
The proposal, which would turn the area into a year-round attraction, still calls for a lot of stores and as many as 5,000 apartments along Surf Avenue, but it would reduce to 9 acres from 15 a city-owned open-air amusement park north of the Boardwalk between KeySpan Park and the New York Aquarium. The city would buy the land for a permanent amusement district from local property owners including Thor Equities and the Vourderis family, which owns Deno’s Amusement Park and the Wonder Wheel.

But in a departure from the original plan unveiled in November by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, those owners would be able to develop the remaining parts of their property themselves as long as they followed the city’s master plan, which must still undergo an environmental review and a land-use review. The city’s plan for the area north of the amusement district calls for a series of buildings that could include a glass-enclosed water park, games and amusements, a bowling alley, restaurants and entertainment-oriented businesses like House of Blues, Dave & Busters, NikeTown and movie theaters. Finally, the new zoning would allow for hotel towers on the south side of Surf Avenue.
There are more details to the changes, but it's safe to characterize them as a major reversal in that it would cut the amusement park envisioned by the original proposal by nearly half and would allow hotels along Surf Avenue.



Blogger Richard Nickel, Jr. said...

This stinks.

Once again, the city is backing down on its obligation to maintain the historic character of a Brooklyn neighborhood in the name of pacifying some greedy developer.

Good to know what matters to our pols.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How utterly unsurprising and awful this truly is. Mayor Bloomie, (aka "our City) cares about numero UNO only and that's the good ole dollar and his own included. Wins out every time in his kind of mind and with all his billionaire cronies now infecting the political system. How much more cultural/historical/personal loss can the city of NY tolerate before it just becomes am anomymous, ugly, BLOB? A huge city, yes, acity with millions and millions of people, yes, but a city with character and history and personality? Hell NO. I think Bloomie imagines a kind cash-generating megalopolis-"lite" calories zero fat zero reason to live here. Yuck. Too bad we citizens get to pay for all this with so many taxes and furthermore only a very select tiny bunch of people gets to share all the profits.

9:44 PM  

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