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CB2 Land Use Committee votes down massive 80 Flatbush project

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It was “nay” all the way.

Civic gurus on Wednesday unanimously rejected a real-estate firm’s plan for a five-building megadevelopment on the edge of Boerum Hill.

Members of Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee shot down the controversial 80 Flatbush project — whose builder wants the city to green-light its upzoning application in order to erect 74- and 38-story towers as part of a complex that incorporates residential, commercial, cultural, and classroom spaces on a lot bordered by Flatbush and Third avenues and State and Schermerhorn streets — in a 10–0 vote with one abstention.

Committee members charged the high-rises’ proposed density — which is triple the size of what zoning laws currently allow on the lot — and height are both too large for structures in the low-rise neighborhood, echoing other locals’ complaints that the development’s size would be “unpreceden­ted” for the enclave, and that its taller tower will block precious light from green things growing in the community.

The committee took little time to cast its vote, coming to a consensus roughly 15 minutes after first raising the proposal as attendees applauded and cheered in support.

The quick decision followed two-and-a-half hours of members belaboring the details of other requests before them, which included making minor tweaks to single-family homes in the area, and altering an Adidas sign on a landmarked Fulton Street building.

Community Board 2’s full board will cast its advisory vote on the scheme on May 9, about two weeks following Borough President Adams’s April 30 public hearing on the proposal, after which he will issue his own recommendation. The upzoning application then moves on to the City Planning Commission, Council, and finally Mayor DeBlasio, who will ultimately decide its fate.

80 Flatbush public hearing at Borough Hall (209 Joralemon St. between Court Street and Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard in Downtown) on April 30 at 6 pm.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:46 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
"The quick decision followed two-and-a-half hours of members belaboring the details of other requests before them,"

Sound like somebody doesn't love community board meetings.
April 20, 7:48 am
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
NO, it sounds like a plan that stinks for the community. CB2 can focus on projects with more merit or needing more deliberation.
April 20, 11:06 am
GL from Williamsburg says:
The city desperately needs more housing. This is a neighborhood with excellent mass transit, perfect for high density housing. We need more of these projects, not less.
April 20, 11:44 am
S from Clinton Hill says:
Love to exacerbate the city’s housing shortage. 💩
April 20, 3:47 pm
UJH from Sleepy Hollow, NY says:
As a former resident and downtown Brooklyn and member of CB2's Land Use Committee, I wholeheartedly agree with the committee's recommendation. And when it comes to the "excellent" mass transit (in theory only), I wonder whether GL from Williamsburg has ever tried to get on a Manhattan-bound subway train, particularly during morning rush hours.
April 20, 4:25 pm
UJH from Sleepy Hollow, NY says:
I meant to write "resident of downtown Brooklyn;" apologies for the typo.
April 20, 4:26 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
Follow the money. If the developer is "paying to play" with the mayor and city officials, the community input will mean nothing.
April 20, 4:30 pm
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
a tower for rich people doesn't alleviate the housing needs of the city. Take that real estate people!
April 20, 5:15 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
A tower for rich people alleviates the housing needs of the city. Rich people live in the tower instead of buying brownstones and converting them back to single family residences.

Maybe all the rich people live in new towers so that none try to live in my ramshackle apartment!
April 20, 5:26 pm
Some1 from Somewhere says:
To VZ & HF: have ypur fun while you can because lets not forget the sun is shining nice on folks like you :-)
April 21, 5:59 pm
Some1 from Somewhere says:
Your*
April 21, 5:59 pm

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