The city’s plan to build a new mixed-income housing complex in Broadway Triangle in Brooklyn has passed the Council, in what was the closest vote on a land-use project in recent memory. The plan met defiant resistance from Councilwoman Diana Reyna, whose district abuts the development site at the corners of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bedford Stuyvesant. She apparently was able to round up quite a few votes: The Council voted Monday afternoon, 36-10, with four abstentions, in favor of the plan.
The 1,800-unit development ignited a firestorm of criticism in northern Brooklyn, as numerous ethnic and religious factions vigorously opposed the project. It has been shepherded along by Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and has attracted a large level of controversy and allegations over political maneuvering that tainted the process.
It also helped to ignite a fight between Mr. Lopez and Ms. Reyna, who was a former chief of staff to Mr. Lopez. The assemblyman, who is chairman of the Assembly’s housing committee and the Brooklyn Democratic leader, ran a candidate to unseat her, narrowly losing in the Democratic primary.