Debby Don’t Do Development

Assemblywoman Deborah Glick spoke to Community Board 2 last night, and offered some advice on variances that might be coming down the pike in the future: “We have to draw the line …. Why does the city want to kill the goose that lays the golden egg,” referring to onslaught of variances recently going before the Board of Standards and Appeals that result in larger high-rises, which in turn damage the historic and aesthetic character of the neighborhood–especially Greenwich Village. “We have to draw the line …. We have to protect [the neighborhood] from getting chipped and chipped away,” Ms. Glick said, urging the board to start turning down variance requests.

Ms. Glick also spoke about changing the 421A developer tax-abatement scheme so that instead of the current 20% affordable housing requirement, it’ll require 30% affordable housing on site.

And she had words for Mayor Bloomberg’s disinterest in the sale of Stuy Town: “It’s not in my opinion that Stuy Town was a private matter–it’s public policy,” adding that the Mayor’s hands-off approach to the sale of the famous working-class enclave was disappointing.

-Matthew Grace

Debby Don’t Do Development