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Advocates Fear Displaced Development Over Rezoning

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

New York City's Planning Commission has made a decision that could protect a 111-block zone of the East Village from development. It's voted to rezone the area, including a cap on the height of some buildings along Chrystie Street.

But opponents say the rezoning plan will actually push bigger developments into other neighborhoods. Josephine Lee from the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side blames Mayor Bloomberg for allowing the plan to move forward.

LEE: He doesn't give a damn about we want or what we need.

REPORTER: The Bloomberg Administration says it's responded to the group's concerns by creating a working group in the Community Affairs Unit to focus on their concerns.

The rezoning would be the third largest in the city's history. The plan moves next to the city council for consideration.

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