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Life in Sheepshead Bay is about to reach a whole new level.

A 333-foot residential tower is coming to Voorhies Avenue and Sheepshead Bay Road, according to plans released by the developer last week.

The new skyscraper will be 83 feet taller than the Parachute Jump, and three times the height of the tallest buildings in the neighborhood.

But because the 30-story project doesn’t conflict with local zoning, it does not require community board approval, so the development can break ground as soon as the Department of Buildings approves the plans.

The developers met with members of Community Board 15 nonetheless to discuss the inevitable impact the massive, 250-unit building will have on the community, and the chairwoman said the board said she’s especially concerned about the roadway congestion likely with an influx of new neighbors.

“We did give them input, such as traffic and infrastruc­ture,” said CB15 chairwoman Theresa Scavo. “I worry about the infrastructure. I worry about the traffic.”

The foundation for the high-rise project was laid in July, when Muss Development and AvalonBay Communities bought two adjacent sites near the intersection of Voorhies Avenue and Sheepshead Bay Road, according to the Commercial Observer.

The combined area is nearly as large as five football fields. The footprint of the new building will cover most of that area, along with 176 parking spaces — 124 enclosed parking spots and 52 outside spots — and the rest will create walkways linking the development to Sheepshead Bay Road and Voorhies Avenue, according to plans. Perkins Eastman Architects PC is designing the sprawling site.

Since the project is virtually inevitable, Scavo said residents should look at the upside of the development. New residents could be good for the community, she said, especially since the newcomers will live so close to businesses still struggling after Hurricane Sandy.

“You’re bringing 250 new families to the community that are going to spend money at Sheepshead Bay Road,” said Scavo. “It is going to bring new business to the area.”

There is no date yet for construction to begin, but a spokesman for the developer said the community will be informed when plans are finalized with the exact numbers of units and stories, which may change.

“As we continue to evaluate and finalize our project plans, we look forward to briefing the community in the near future,” said Jeff Kay, a spokesman for Muss Development.

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at vogle@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507. Follow her attwitter.com/oglevanessa.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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