New Yorkers deliberate fate of Coney Island
The public review process for a massive $2.5 billion revitalization plan of New York City’s famed Coney Island began Tuesday. The plan calls for the rezoning of a 19-block area to create a 27-acre indoor and outdoor amusement park and entertainment district that will transform the storied summertime attraction, which has shrunk and deteriorated over the years, into a bustling year round destination. In addition to greatly expanding the amusement park, the plan will bring 4,500 units of new housing, 800 hotel rooms and new retail opportunities to the area. City Planning Director Amanda Burden calls the plan “a good one”, adding that “it will create year-round job opportunities and affordable housing” for the residents of Coney Island”.
Highlights of the plan include a 27-storey height limit on all buildings (the same height as the Parachute Jump), an IMAX theatre, and a new “Wonder Wheel Way” a vibrant pedestrian environment that will connect the Island’s three iconic rides: the 88-year-old Ferris wheel, the Parachute Jump and the Cyclone.
The plan, which has been in the works for five years, is the product of over 300 meetings with numerous stakeholders. The approval process is expected to take seven months.