New Lawsuit Filed Against Department of City Planning Regarding Rezoning Along the Brooklyn Botanic Garden “BBG”
(Tuesday, November 10, 2020) (12 pm)
Press Conference on Court House Steps
Brooklyn Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street
The Movement to Protect the People “MTOPP” and Flower Lovers Against Corruption “FLAC” have filed a new lawsuit against the Department of City Planning “DCP” and Developer Bruce Eichner for the violation of the New Charter Charter Revision and Freedom of Information Law “FOIL”
Petitioners are seeking a Temporary Restraining Order, to prevent the 960 Franklin Ave. Rezoning from being certified on November 16, 2020 and start the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure “ULURP” because the City has violated the Petitioners and the community due process rights to be kept informed and to attempt to influence this rezoning before it is certified.
Last year, the New York City Charter was changed which implemented a Pre-certification process, where DCP would submit A “detailed summary substantially consistent” with the certified application 30 days before a private rezoning application would be certified. But they did not.
DCP has also violated FOIL requests of both the Petitioners and Community Board, who were seeking documents related to this rezoning, all to prevent the community from knowing about the details of this rezoning and to attempt to significantly change it before it is certified.
Community Board 9 in Brooklyn placed a FOIL on February 11, 2020 requesting the documents and Petitioner Boyd also filed a FOIL request on December 10, 2019. DCP has not compiled with either one.
In a memo obtained, Petitioner Boyd in January the New York City Parks Department stated that Bruce Eichner proposal to build the largest residential development project along the Brooklyn Botanic Garden “BBG” (39 Stories in a height restricted zone of 6/7 stories) would cause damage to the garden and they disagreed with DCP’s position that no harm would come to BBG.
Since that time the public has been denied any further information on this project despite the many laws that allow residents to be able to review public documents, including FOIL, the Rules of New York City and the Executive Order under the City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR).
Anthony Beckford, City Council Candidate for the 45th District and President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn will be one of the featured speakers during this press conference.