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NEW YORK CITY-As a result of a process that began more than four years, the Coney Island Development Corp. has come up with one of the largest and most ambitious rezonings ever proposed in Brooklyn for the revitalization of Coney Island, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday at a Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The CIDC produced a strategic plan in 2005 that called for a thorough review of Coney Island’s zoning and since then, the Brooklyn office of the Department of City Planning has studied the entire Coney Island area, covering 47 acres, to find their vision.

“When people around the nation or the world hear the words ‘Coney Island,’ they think of fun in the sun, of beaches, boardwalks, and bumper cars on the Brooklyn shoreline,” Bloomberg said. “Coney Island certainly remains a popular warm weather destination; this summer, it drew nearly nine million visitors. But we all recognize that Coney Island just isn’t what it could be.”

Bloomberg went on to say that its amusements “haven’t kept pace with changing times and tastes, and for much of the year, activity in the area lags badly.” Rather than focus on the faded glory of Coney Island’s past, or the unfulfilled potential of its present, Bloomberg highlighted how Coney Island has a better future. The future, he noted, would preserve iconic landmarks such as the Cyclone and Nathan’s, and create in indoor and outdoor amusement and entertainment attractions that will make Coney Island a year-round destination.

“It’s a vision that also includes major new opportunities for retailing, and thousands of new housing units, located well away from the noise and lights of the amusement district,” he said. “In line with PlaNYC, our vision for New York’s sustainable future, it will help us create the transit-oriented housing, shopping, and jobs that this growing borough needs.”

Bloomberg noted that rezoning will be as follows:

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