Woodlawn residents push to keep their neighborhood the same

Residents in Woodlawn say their neighborhood is picturesque and defined by small one and two family homes. However, recent construction may paint a larger image filled with multiple family buildings unless re-zoning laws quickly pass.

Developers have come in and torn down one and two-family homes, only to replace them and rebuild four-family homes. Community leaders say the influx of more people is straining local resources such as parking and police protection. The Bronx?s City Planning Commission has now devised a re-zoning proposal that would require all new construction to stay in conformity with the neighborhood?s old standards.

Once the local community board and borough president finish reviewing the plans, the proposal will move to the Citywide Planning Commission for a vote. If approved, the proposal would then move to the City Council.

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