Public Rally with Councilman Mattieu Eugene Friday, June 6, 1 - 2 PM


PPEN Hosting Rally to Call for a Temporary Moratorium on High Rise Construction--City Council Member M. Eugene To Be Featured Speaker

New York, New York—The Prospect Park East Network will host a rally on June 6 on the steps of City Hall calling for an urgent temporary moratorium on high rise construction along the east side of Prospect Park. City Council Member Mathieu Eugene, whose constituency includes the affected blocks, will speak in support of a halt on construction.

The moratorium addresses ongoing work at 626 Flatbush Avenue, the site of a controversial project by developer Hudson Companies to construct a 23-story luxury apartment building. Residents are calling for a temporary halt on high-rise construction so that the zoning of the Community Board 9 area can be investigated. The moratorium will allow time for the area to be rezoned to match the height restrictions already in place along the other borders of Prospect Park.

Neighborhood residents have been raising alarms that the high rental prices projected for the tower will displace residents and businesses by triggering rent spikes in the area. PPEN previously organized an April 7 Town Hall Meeting with Borough President Eric Adams, which drew over 500 residents, while a petition from PPEN calling for contextual zoning has received over 2000 signatures.

During a meeting with neighborhood residents at his office on May 22, Council Member Eugene agreed to file legislation for a moratorium on construction at 626 Flatbush Avenue. Eugene also promised to seek a coalition with other City Council members in support of the measure.

Prospect Park East Network (PPEN) is a coalition of concerned Brooklyn residents formed to address the development at 626 Flatbush and the concerns it brings, including the urgent need for contextual zoning and impact studies on such issues as low income and affordable housing, the preservation of Prospect Park, and environmental damage.