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IN RESPONSE TO LAND USE APPLICATION TO REACTIVATE SITE OF FORMER KINGSTON LOUNGE, BOROUGH PRESIDENT EXPRESSES SUPPORT WHILE RECOMMENDING BROOKLYN-BASED CONTRACTING AND HIRING, AS WELL AS QUALITY OF LIFE CONSIDERATIONS
BROOKLYN, NY, June 20, 2017: Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams unveiled his Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) recommendation to approve an application submitted by 120 Kingston, LLC to reactivate the site of the former Kingston Lounge, a historic jazz club in Crown Heights. The applicant seeks the granting of a special permit for the dilapidated property that would modify the use regulations to allow a commercial use on portions of the cellar and ground floor, as well as modify the sign regulations to allow commercial signage on the exterior of the existing three-story building. Additionally, four residential apartments would be restored above the club. The response was issued following approval from Brooklyn Community Board 8 (CB 8) and a public hearing held at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Monday, June 12th. Borough President Adams expressed support for the reactivation of the vacant and deteriorated property at 120 Kingston Avenue, which was home to a renowned live music venue first established in 1944 and has provided cultural significance to the neighborhood.
“As a lover of jazz music, it is exciting to envision this historic lounge being restored to its original glory,” said Borough President Adams. “The effects of a changing economic landscape and demographic shifts across our borough — and indeed our city and country — have forced many entertainment venues to close due to financial difficulties and displacement. In the spirit of community-driven development, it is important that we continue the legacy of the past and preserve venues like the Kingston Lounge. It is our duty to ensure that history is not forgotten, and this restoration can achieve that mission.”
Borough President Adams issued several recommendations for the project, including the need to retain Brooklyn-based contractors and subcontractors, particularly local business enterprises (LBEs) and minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) as well as the creation of a security plan to mitigate noise and potential disturbances to nearby residents. He emphasized the opportunity for local hiring of workers and notification of such listings with CB 8, including for construction jobs as well as permanent jobs within the establishment. Regarding the importance of being a good neighbor, Borough President Adams highlighted the need to take proactive steps to protect the quality of life for area residents; to that end, he called for the creation of a comprehensive operating plan, in coordination with CB 8 and local elected officials, inclusive of lighting and security plans.
Borough President Adams’ recommendations, which can be accessed online by visiting brooklyn-usa.org/ulurp, are being considered by the City Planning Commission (CPC) as part of their public meeting today.
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