EAST HARLEM — Add El Barrio to the list of community boards opposed to the mayor’s zoning change proposal.
"It's clear residents throughout NYC think these rezonings will make the city even less equitable that it already is," said Andrew Padilla, an activist and filmmaker opposed to the plan.
The vote came one day before Mayor Bill de Blasio downplayed the role of community boards in the process.
“Community Boards are appointed to give input,” he said. “The folks that are elected by all the people, the City Council members and the mayor, have to make the final decision.”
In the weeks leading up to Monday's vote, local organizations criticized the plan and asked the board to vote against it.
The board opposed MIH because the affordability component does not meet the needs of the residents, and developers have various options to opt out including building off-site housing and paying out of the program, according to the resolution passed by the board.
They rejected ZQA because of potential parking loss and the lack of permanent affordability for senior housing.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is set to vote on the plan Monday. After that it will go back to the Department of City Planning and then to the City Council.