A landmark settlement agreement was filed with the Court today resolving a lawsuit brought by ECBAWM’s client the Broadway Triangle Community Coalition, a diverse group of more than 40 nonprofits, residents, and fair housing advocates. The Coalition filed suit eight years ago, alleging that the City’s rezoning and development plans for the Broadway Triangle area of Brooklyn were discriminatory and perpetuated segregation.
The settlement agreement provides for the development of over 375 permanently affordable apartments that will be developed in a way designed to further fair housing without discrimination. The agreement also provides that the City will pay between $2.4 and $4.8 million to fund fair housing workshops, counseling, and educational materials, as well as legal representation for people with housing discrimination complaints in the Broadway Triangle neighborhood, which lies at the intersection of Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant.
“After years of effort, today’s settlement means the city will properly respond to the real needs of our diverse communities in North Brooklyn,” said Juan Ramos of the Broadway Triangle Community Coalition. “There is a long history of housing discrimination in this area, and affordable housing in the Broadway Triangle is more important than ever given the rapid gentrification and displacement of families who have lived here for generations.”
“The affordable housing development plan, combined with fair housing services in this settlement agreement, provides a strong template for other neighborhoods across the country to use when challenging racially discriminatory housing redevelopment plans,” said ECBAWM’s Diane L. Houk.
The Coalition is represented by ECBAWM attorneys Diane L. Houk and Zoe Salzman, together with the New York Civil Liberties Union and Brooklyn Legal Services Corp.
“City to Settle Discrimination Claim in Brooklyn Housing Plan,” New York Times
“City, Housing Advocates Reach Deal on Controversial Brooklyn Project,” New York Law Journal