In last decade, Brooklyn has undergone tremendous change, especially in nearby downtown. The BHA has always advocated for intelligent development and appropriate context.
In 2018, our Historic District extension was approved. While we sought a larger area, we more than doubled our existing landmark district. This achievement was result of hours of hard work undertaken by our Landmarks Committee. We may look to add more streets in the future. Our 19th century architecture, mostly Greek Revival and Italianate style brownstones, define our neighborhood charm and style.
The plans for a new Brooklyn Detention Center present a challenge for us. We have worked diligently to preserve our low-rise brownstone scale so careful planning is needed to integrate this rising facility in ways that respect the immediate environment. To date, with the help of a wide range of stakeholders, we successfully reduced the size, from 425 feet down to 295 feet, and capacity, 1500 beds down to 875 beds, of the original proposal. There is more work ahead and more challenges.
We fought the Educational Construction Fund's 80 Flatbush Development because it is outrageously out-of-scale. Some modications to scale and design were achieved but the result will still locate a tower over 500 feet directly across from 4-story brownstones. The second tower, over 800 feet, will be set back from the street yet still tower off our residentials streets. The project does include a new Khalil Gibran High School, which we supported, a new 350-seat elementary school and 200 units of affordable housing in the second tower.