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Plans for Affordable Housing, Open Space in Central Brooklyn Unveiled

Atlantic Avenue Mixed-Use Plan takes a step forward, St. Andrew's Playground receives renovation funding.
One of the empty lots along Atlantic Avenue.

The Atlantic Avenue Mixed-Use Plan has taken another step forward. New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) Director Dan Garodnick announced the draft zoning framework has been released.

The draft framework is a crucial part of the planning process, the AAMUP can now continue to move forward with the plan of adding approximately 4,000 new homes to Atlantic Avenue. Along with the draft zoning framework, the Adams administration announced an investment of $23.5 million in St. Andrew’s Playground, a community playground adjacent to Atlantic Avenue. 

“In the midst of a severe housing shortage, New York City must use every inch of space it can to create new homes and invest in communities across the city,” said Mayor Adams in a press release. “I’m proud to be the mayor advancing this neighborhood plan for Atlantic Avenue to create thousands of new homes, deliver long-overdue investments in St. Andrew’s Playground, and advance the community’s vision for a more vibrant neighborhood in Central Brooklyn.”

The Adams administration’s $23.5 million investment in St. Andrew’s Playground includes $10.9 million allocated through NYC Parks’ Community Parks Initiative to improve amenities including the playground. This includes sports courts, restrooms and turf field and running track. 

“Housing and public space go hand-in-hand. We’re so grateful that alongside the Atlantic Avenue Mixed-Use Plan’s goal of adding approximately 4,000 new homes in Central Brooklyn, Mayor Adams has made the critical investment needed to completely renovate St. Andrew’s Playground for the first time in 20 years,” said New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “With new play areas for kids, revamped sports facilities, additional seating and shade, storm resiliency infrastructure, and more, we are investing in a community space that the neighborhood can cherish for generations. I can’t wait to see the park’s transformation begin!”

The draft zoning framework was presented at a community discussion Wednesday, September 6. A second community discussion and scoping meeting to kick off environmental review will take place this October. Over the coming months, the DCP will prepare a draft environmental impact statement. The AAMUP proposal is expected to be certified and begin the Uniform Land Use Reform Procedure (ULURP) in spring 2024.