Council backs Ridgewood rezoning

By Sarina Trangle

The City Council voted Aug. 21 to rezone a roughly three-block stretch of Ridgewood from a manufacturing to a residential district.

City Hall’s approval came after Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn) urged his colleagues to support the proposal and announced he struck a deal with the developers proposing the rezoning.

Once residents are permitted between Starr Street and Flushing, Woodward and Onderdonk avenues, Slate Property Group intends to construct an 88-unit, rent-stabilized residence at 176 Woodward Ave. and an eight-apartment building near Woodward Avenue and Starr Street.

Reynoso’s office announced Slate agreed to reserve half of the larger building’s units for families on a limited income and lock in 20 percent of its apartments’ rent rates, excluding increases due to inflation.

Negotiations also secured artists’ access to a community space for an annual rate of $10 at 176 Woodward Ave.

Reach reporter Sarina Trangle at 718-260-4546 or by e-mail at stran‌gle@c‌ngloc‌al.com.

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