Plan Would Revitalize B'klyn Waterfront

June 19, 2003, 8:16 AM EDT

The Bloomberg administration has announced a proposal to rezone sections of the Brooklyn waterfront to open the area up for new housing and recreation.

The plan calls for increased residential and commercial zoning along the East River between the Williamsburg and Pulaski bridges, an area which has historically been zoned for industrial use.

An 18-month study by the City Planning Commission resulted in a proposed zoning map and the proposal, which would include low- to middle-income housing, legalization of lofts, and public access to to waterfront.

The plan includes a two-mile continuous walkway and a center for archery and beach volleyball that could be the site of events in the 2012 Olympic Games, which the city aims to host.

City officials presented the proposal, which would have to be approved by the City Council, to a Community Board 1 zoning task force on Wednesday night.

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