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Summary of the EIS Scoping meeting for 80 Flatbush Avenue, Alloy Development on June 28th:
 
The meeting was well attended by both supporters and opponents.

The first 30 minutes of the meeting outlined the SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act) process and also gave Alloy Development some time to recap their proposal for the site.

Some bullets from these presentations: 

· 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.

Some early speakers were in favor of the proposal as presented: 

· Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce 
· Downtown Brooklyn Partnership 
· Chair of the Economic Committee 
· Principal of Kahlil Gibran (who speak passionately about the deficiencies of the current buildings) 
· President of the Pan Arab American Support Center also support the KG school proposal

Others presented their concerns:

Peter S. – HUGE, enough already

Henry C. – 350 seats at the elementary level is a very small school with only about 50 per grade. Also the City uses a guideline of 55 students per 100 units so the 900 units so that number of seats does not meet the need of this proposal with 2192 already needed.

Cynthia S. – need much more time to consider any construction especially this large.

Mary Beth E. – mentioned Boerum Hill’s beautiful streetscape and worried about the reflections from these buildings as well as 300 Ashland on the other side of Flatbush.

George C. – the project overwhelms Boerum Hill. He called the up-zoning proposal a “Trojan Horse” for the developer.

Lucy K. – asked for a one-mile study radius and warned of many “unmitigated adverse impacts” to come. Also “this is our tax money.”

Ed G. – took issue with the “implied threat” that if you don’t like this we will build something terrible.

Trevor S. – a new resident to Brooklyn said this is “the wrong thing” and a net negative.

Genevieve C. – called the project an “illusion” by providing educational seats and community benefits that are often not delivered.

Rick A. – Flatbush Avenue is the wrong location for a high school.

Paul C. – asked for better oversight of ALL developments and challenged the City Council to create a better review process.

Nora M. – District 15 schools are already at 125% capacity so more schools are needed now. 

 
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. 
 
 
Land Marks Extension Update 

In December, our landmarks meeting was attended by over 75 people. Almost 50 signed the petition in support of the extension which would include all of Pacific Street, Atlantic Avenue and State Street from Hoyt Street to Nevins Street. The Community Board urged us to include the second extension down to Warren Street from Bond to Nevins. To see the presentation click here to download

We've moved forward: Council Member Steve Levin and Community Board 2 recently endorsed this initiative and we've filed with the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

NOW WE NEED YOU to help us move forward again.

"Expand the Boerum Hill Land Mark District, NOW!" Will you join me in supporting this issue? click here to sign on to our petition.
 
Help us preserve more of Boerum Hill!
 

    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
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    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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