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Five Big Reasons to Oppose the 80 Flatbush Development

Transitional Zoning, Context and Neighborhood Character

  • 20% more dense than any project in Brooklyn; more than Pacific Park
  • At 74-stories, it will have the tallest tower in Brooklyn, the 16th tallest in NYC
  • Violation of "Transitional Zoning" with 74-story and 38-story buildings within 100’ of 4-story residential buildings
  • Clashes with nearby Boerum Hill Historic District
  • Walls off and blocks views of iconic Williamsburg Savings Bank Building
  • Glass towers are not contextual with existing Brooklyn buildings
  • State Street becomes a loading dock resulting in the destruction of those residential blocks

Overly large project with little public gain

  • Less than 15% of development is school space
  • Only 350 elementary school seats when 750 seats should be called for (the district is currently 2100 seats deficient)
  • Poor precedent for Brooklyn. How will this affect Sunset Park, East New York?
  • Is this the best the City can do?

 An additional 7500 units of housing coming in the next 3 years

  • Overcrowding!
  • Subways at capacity now during rush hours
  • Traffic at this location is currently gridlocked at Flatbush and Third
  • Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues and current surrounding traffic problems are not fully mitigated now.

 No disclosure about the terms of this ECF-Alloy deal

  • Unknown terms of the lease of city-owned land to the developer
  • Unknown cost of tax-exempt bonds,
  • Unknown city or state subsidies and tax abatements for this project
  • Other respondents to the RFEI. Why this developer with no track record of large projects?

 Other factors

  • No affordable housing in Phase One
  • No open space component
  • Additional load and stress on water and sewage systems
  • SCA should identify additional school locations NOW

Downtown Brooklyn growth has been fueled by “as-of-right” construction but the City has not undertaken a comprehensive review of many Quality of Life factors: traffic, noise, subway congestion, school seats......

First Brooklyn Heights swallowed a tower in return for a library, then Long Island College Hospital was supplanted with a 44-story tower in Cobble Hill. It’s only a matter of time before the next bogus public/private out-of-scale development will come to your Brooklyn neighborhood.

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Read the latest article in the Brooklyn Paper 8/25. "The wrong fit: Super tall, super-dense towers have no place in Boerum Hill."
 
The comment period for the EIS Scoping meeting for 80 Flatbush Avenue - Alloy Development is closed. We look forward to receiving the draft document and having another opportunity to comment. The next step in the ULURP process will be Alloy's presentation to Land Use Committee of CB2 expected to take place in October or November. Please check this website for updates in the coming weeks.

Read the Educational Construction Fund/Alloy Presentation given at the June 28th Scoping meeting here. See bullets below for some information from this presentation.

The Scoping meeting begins a process for community input about the scope of the project and an array of community impacts. Read the EIS Scope of Work. The public is allowed to comment, ask questions and request additional items to be included for study. One recurring request was for a larger study area than the 400 feet in the Scope of Work.
 
Here are some of the comments submitted:
 
Borough President Eric Adams.
Community Board 2 Chair, Shirley McRae
State Street resident, Linda Caracciolo.
Pacific Street resident, Teresa Urban.
District 15 Community Education Council Vice President, Henry Carrier.
BHA President, Howard Kolins and additional comments.
Fort Greene resident, Lucy Koteen.
Co-President, YWCA Tenants Association, Molly Skardon.
Atlantic Avenue resident, Sandy Balboza.
State Street resident and local realtor, Eric Albert.
Brooklyn resident, Enid Braun.
Boerum Hill resident and retired Atlantic Avenue merchant, Nancy Cogan.
State Street resident, Paul Correll.
Boerum Hill resident, Michael DuBick.
Saint Marks resident, Grace Freedman.
State Street resident, Jonathan Glazer.
Dean Street resident, Anita Inz.
Third Avenue resident, Joan Pleune.
South Elliot Place resident, Sandy Reiburn.
Boerum Hill resident, Norman Ryan.
Dean Street resident, Patricia Stegman.
Third Avenue resident, Joan Weihe.
  
Some bullets from the June 28th presentation: 
· Currently the Kahlil Gibran high school has 272 students 
· District 15 currently needs 2192 seats (Funded exits for most but 912 are unfunded) 
· Alloy Phase I would include building a new elementary school with 350 seats, a new Kahlil Gibran high school with 350 seats and a 480-foot tower with 250 – 300 market rates units and 105,000 sq. ft. of office space. Expected completion 2022 
· Alloy Phase II would include a 925-foot tower with 550 – 600 units of which 175 – 225 would be affordable. The tower would include another 100,000 sq. ft. of office space and 40,000 sq.ft. of retail space would be split between Phase I and II. 
· Go to www.80flatbush.com for additional information.

While the EIS references a 330 foot building as-of-right, it would be possible to construct a 580 foot building since this parcel is in the Special Downtown Brooklyn District. 

 
Our Position on the Alloy Development Project:
 
This entire block is part of Boerum Hill NOT downtown. Until this proposal there was at least some buffer between downtown and brownstone residences. The collision between the two meets here in ways that will directly and negatively impact all of State Street as well as nearby Boerum Hill and Fort Greene.

We oppose the up-zoning to a FAR of 18. What would this development look like at FAR of 12 or 15?

With over 4000 units of rental housing opening in our area in the coming few years we need other schools now so this approval should be delayed until those sites are identified and secured.

Boerum Hill lacks green space. Nearby spaces are outside our boundaries and already suffering from overuse.

Some other concerns include:

  • Construction lasting 8 years
  • Congestion on surface transit and subways, we need an analysis covering a half mile radius
  • Pedestrian safety for students at the new schools
  • Shadows and reflections from the large glass skyscrapers so close to the low rise brownstones

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
The photo shows two towers (74-stories and 38-stories), two schools and two community facilities on a triangular block bounded by Third Avenue, Schermerhorn Street, Flatbush Avenue and State Street. There is understandable concern about the many effects on our residential blocks as Downtown development conflicts with brownstone scale. Alloy has been direct and open in meeting with Boerum Hill residents however there is a long list of Quality of Life issues. For more information, click 
here.
 
If you would like to be on the email list of concerned residents please contact hkolins@aol.com to add your name to the group. 
 
The first step in the ULURP process takes place on Wednesday June 28th at a public scoping meeting. Click here for more information. 
 

    The Boerum Hill Association is a volunteer organization of residents of Boerum Hill. We seek to preserve and enhance the unique qualities of our neighborhood through advocacy, education and community building.

    Boerum Hill is a tree-lined community that extends from the south side of Schermerhorn Street to the north side of Warren Street and from the east side of Court Street to the west side of Fourth Avenue.

    We want to bring neighbors together and improve our neighborhood. Some of our initiatives include:

    • Community events such as the Annual PotLuck Holiday Party and the House Tour
    • Greening and neighborhood beautification
    • Improving parks and playgrounds
    • Quality of life improvements - public safety, noise, sanitation and more
    • Traffic calming, transportation and parking
    • Land marks and zoning
    • Intelligent development

    Our sister organization, the Hoyt Street Association is renowned for its Annual Plant Sale. The proceeds raised support the Hoyt Street Garden (corner of Hoyt Street and Atlantic Avenue), shredding Days, tree planting, painting over graffiti, Community Funding grants, and other beautifying activities for the neighborhood. The popular “Free Stories in the Garden”, takes place Tuesday evenings beginning late June through the end of July. Scheduled volunteer readers take turns at the microphone to read stories to the children (and grown-ups, too). Free lemonade and cookies are provided to all.

     
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