Weigh in: City hosts first public hearing about massive 80 Flatbush development tonight

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It’s your chance to speak up before they go up!

Locals can unleash their concerns about the megadevelopment of unprecedented density that builders want to construct on the edge of brownstone-lined Boerum Hill during tonight’s first public hearing about the 80 Flatbush project at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights.

Bigwigs at luxury real-estate company Alloy Development want to erect 38- and 74-story high-rises on a lot bounded by Flatbush and Third avenues and State and Schermerhorn streets, but first must get the city to approve on a rezoning through its lengthy Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, which kicks off with this evening’s Community Board 2 meeting after several delays.

The developer also plans to construct a 350-seat elementary school; a new home for the already on-site Khalil Gibran International School; cultural, office, and retail space; and 900 housing units in the two towers — 200 of which will be permanent, below-market-rate apartments that Alloy will create in a recently announced partnership with affordable-housing builder the Fifth Avenue Committee.

Last month, Alloy bigwigs revealed a tweaked design for the shorter tower’s facade, modifying it to more closely resemble that of its landmarked neighbor, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank high-rise.

But many locals continue to blast the developer for using the need for new classrooms in the area as a way to bring its skyscrapers to the traditionally low-rise enclave.

An Alloy rep said it expects to finish the 38-story tower and welcome students to the schools in 2022, before wrapping construction on the 74-story high-rise in 2025 — if given the green-light to break ground.

CB2’s vote to approve or reject the rezoning application is purely advisory, however, and regardless of its decision the proposal will then be considered by Borough President Adams, the City Planning Commission, Council, and ultimately Mayor DeBlasio.

Public hearing on 80 Flatbush Avenue rezoning at St. Francis College Founders Hall (180 Remsen St. between Clinton and Court streets in Brooklyn Heights) on March 28 at 6 pm.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:47 pm, July 9, 2018
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Mike from Williamsburg says:
Even if it were true that Flatbush Avenue were traditionally low rise, the right place for density is right there.

New York City just reached its all time high population. If not on Flatbush Avenue near tons of transit, where should people live?
March 28, 2018, 9:55 am
Morris from Mill Basin says:
Everyone is welcome to live at my house. For a little while, anyway.
March 28, 2018, 11:16 am
Robbie says:
I would consider taking you up on your offer, Morris, but for your comments in the past. I am afraid that I wouldn't wake up in the morning. What is with all the killing?
March 28, 2018, 12:17 pm
Barry from Clinton Hill says:
I love the feature of this luxury deal where the DOE is building the unneeded school to help the developer. The developer then owns the school and rents it to the DOE for $2,000,000 a year. Of course the developer also gets 30 years of no taxes to bring his 1000' tall residence for millionaires here. This is another purple chapter in de Blasio's tale of two cities.
March 28, 2018, 12:19 pm
NN from Boerum Hill says:
Downtown Brooklyn needs more housing and more schools. This project has both.
March 28, 2018, 4:38 pm
Joe from Clinton Hill says:
This project won't add any school seats for local kids. It will provide a school for all the children of the wealthy who will occupy the unaffordable apartments in the new towers. And the last thing Brooklyn needs is more housing for the wealthy, masquerading as "affordable housing." This is just one more DeBlasio giveaway to his developer pals. Don't drink the Kool-Aid.
March 28, 2018, 9:58 pm
Bob from Fort Greene says:
Hello, NN! If NYC needs a school, build a school, not a 1000' luxury skyscraper.
March 29, 2018, 10:25 am
Dan from Park Slope says:
The new development should keep the length and depth of the low rise buildings that are currently on State Street . When Alloy replaces the old buildings on State Street, the new buildings should resemble the homes across from the State Street brownstones . Let the high rise development be built on Flatbush Avenue and 3rd Street.
March 29, 2018, 11:56 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
The State Street low rise buildings are a theft from the residents and would-be residents of New York and should be developed into skyscrapers as well.
March 29, 2018, 1:39 pm
Dan from Park Slope says:
State street is one of the most handsome streets in Kings. Stretching from the waterfront to Flatbush Avenue, it has a varied mix of housing that changes from block to block as it passes through several different neighborhoods. To build high rise housing on State street as Alloy (and Mike from Williamsburg) proposes would make the street look like Williamsburg which is so ugly with its converted warehouses, tall housing towers and mishmash layout of unplanned residences. Who wants or needs that?
March 29, 2018, 2:29 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I'll tell you who wants/needs that: people who need places to live. And that is a lot more important than your weird aesthetic taste.
March 30, 2018, 1:36 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Mike, how much are you being paid to support this project, because I will pay double to stab the developer in the back?
March 30, 2018, 3:46 pm

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