New York, NY —
The City Council Land Use Committee approved the mayor's plan for Coney Island this afternoon after the administration agreed to guarantee a number of benefits for the neighborhood.
City Council Member Dominic Recchia says the deal calls for more affordable housing than was originally planned and a promise to fill as many jobs as possible with local residents. He also said that the mayor's staff agreed to increase funding for Coney Island Hospital.
RECCHIA: With over 4000 units of housing are being built, Coney Island needed to be addressed. The emergency room needed to be expanded, upgraded.
Mayor Bloomberg wants to create a city-owned amusement park. He says the independently-owned parks have deteriorated badly in recent years. Today's compromise, however, allows the one remaining family-owned amusement park, Deno's, to remain in private hands.
The plan also allows developers to build mid-rise apartment buildings and hotels on the periphery of the park.
The City Planning Commission needs to approve the new plan tomorrow. The full council is expected to take it up for a final vote next week.