Over 40 community members joined Voice of Gowanus and Gowanus Lands in a protest and march that culminated in speeches and chants outside Council Member Brad Lander’s district office. The crowd’s refrain was not surprising given the scale of this rezone, the largest in NYC in more than a decade, and the due process, environmental, and displacement concerns: “No Gowanus Rezone!”
An update from attorney Jason Zakai of Hiller, P.C., legal counsel to VOG:
“We are pleased that the Court granted our request last evening for a Temporary Restraining Order to stop the City’s impending certification of the massive Gowanus rezoning project pending a hearing. This is a huge relief to our clients and many other community members, who have serious concerns about the lack of equity, access and transparency around the project, and want a meaningful opportunity to be heard.”
What does the order mean?
The Court's order enjoins and prevents the Department of City Planning from certifying the Gowanus rezoning, proceeding with the rezoning application, or holding virtual ULURP hearings on the application, all pending a hearing slated for January 27, 2021.
That means a judge has barred the City from certifying the Gowanus rezoning on January 19, 2021, the dated it had intended.
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Here is the full order:
Voice of Gowanus Challenges “Virtual” Review Process and Lack of Charter Notice
GOWANUS, BROOKLYN - Attorneys for community coalition Voice of Gowanus (VOG) just filed suit against New York City’s Department of City Planning. The legal suit, filed in State Supreme Court in Kings County, challenges the city’s illegal and inequitable plan to use a so-called “virtual” land use review procedure for the proposed Gowanus rezoning, which the suit alleges will disenfranchise many in the community. The suit, which also calls out the city’s failure to provide notice mandated by the city charter, seeks a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to block the city from certifying the rezoning on January 19th, 2021.Read more
January 15, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAWSUIT COMING TODAY AGAINST GOWANUS REZONING
Voice of Gowanus Challenges “Virtual” Review Process
GOWANUS, BROOKLYN - Attorneys for community coalition Voice of Gowanus (VOG) will file suit against New York City’s Department of City Planning today. The legal suit, to be filed in State Supreme Court in Kings County, challenges the de Blasio Administration’s illegal plan to use a so-called “virtual” land use review procedure for the proposed Gowanus rezoning.Read more
Sometimes, you just have to look at the numbers to understand Brad Lander.
Twenty-one maximum campaign donations from executives at the Related Companies. Six max donations from Two Trees Management (including family members). Five max donations from Silverstein properties (including family members). Two max donations from Abra Construction. Two from Forest City Ratner Companies. BerlinRosen. Capalino and Company.Read more