Quinn Opposes Kingsbridge Development, Citing Traffic, Health and Other Issues

Just because the plan to rezone the Kingsbridge Armory were overwhelmingly rejected in a City Council committee earlier this morning (and look headed for defeat in front of the full City Council right now), it doesn’t mean the issue is finished.

Michael Bloomberg could veto the Council’s decision, according to Gail Benjamin, a lawyer with the City Council’s Land Use Committee. She said Bloomberg did that a few years ago, when the Council tried to block part of the mayor’s five-borough garbage plan.

It’s not clear if Bloomberg would veto the Council’s decision in this case, but if he does, it looks like the Council will rally together to oppose him.

During the meeting of the full City Council just now, Speaker Christine Quinn urged her colleagues to oppose developing Kingsbridge, saying “there continues to be a significant and negative traffic and public health impact.”

Quinn didn’t specifically mention the “living wage” issue that opponents have made the centerpiece of their complaints, but did acknowledge other problems with the plan.

Speaking on the floor of the chambers, Quinn said, “Of course there were a number of other issues that arose throughout this rigorous debate about this plan, including some that are separate and apart from the charter’s land use process. We were unable, unfortunately, to reach a resolution on these matters as well. They’re important and significant, even though they are not part of the land use matters we are voting on today.”

  Quinn Opposes Kingsbridge Development, Citing Traffic, Health and Other Issues