Tonight: Beep hosts open hearing on polarizing 80 Flatbush project

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Make your opinions on this megadevelopment known!

Borough President Adams is inviting locals to speak their minds about the controversial 80 Flatbush project that builders want to construct on the edge of Boerum Hill at a public hearing tonight.

The Borough Hall meeting follows Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee’s rejection of Alloy Development’s application to rezone a swath of land bounded by Flatbush and Third avenues and State and Schermerhorn streets in order to erect 74- and 38-story high-rises as part of a five-building complex that would also contain a 350-seat elementary school; a new home for the already on-site Khalil Gibran International School, which faculty says lacks much-needed resources in its current facility; and 900 housing units in the two towers — 200 of which will be permanent, below-market-rate rentals created in partnership with self-proclaimed affordable-housing builder the Fifth Avenue Committee.

The civic gurus unanimously shot down the plan, arguing the two towers’ proposed density — which is triple the size of what current zoning allows on the lot — and height are too big for brownstone-lined Boerum Hill.

And last month, neighbors came out in force against the super-sized scheme at its first public hearing, where Public Advocate Tish James said the project as is should be “dead on arrival.”

But the megadevelopment recently received a wave of support from members of Downtown’s Arab-American Family Support Center, whose chiefs helped open Khalil Gibran — the first city school where Arabic is spoken along with English — back in 2007.

The center’s leaders on Thursday gave the beep a letter praising 80 Flatbush and its plan for the school that more than 600 people signed, roughly 150 of which live in or near Boerum Hill, according to the center.

“KGIA’s current facilities are woefully inadequate for use as a modern high school. These facility challenges are compromising the learning of our students and hurting enrollment, and we implore you to help us get a new facility that our students deserve,” read the letter from the group’s president, Rawaa Nancy Albilal, and chairman, Joseph Botros. “The 80 Flatbush Project would bring this change by delivering a brand new, state-of-the-art high school facility.”

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

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:45 pm, July 9, 2018
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LK from Fort Greene says:
Every organization that supports the project has received money or a promise of something from the developer. Every resident who expects to be overwhelmed and have our infrastructure overwhelmed by this over-sized project, is opposed to it. The developer needs the school building so that they can get the height they are seeking which is 3 times what the zoning put in place not long ago demands to protect the residents. There is no excuse to allow a 74 story building. As of right they can build about 40 stories. How many developers get to refer to this transit-rich location which has already brought many 1000s of people to the area. Everyone knows that capacity was reached long ago.
April 30, 2018, 2 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
All the property-owning NIMBYs nearby stand to get even richer by blocking this and suppressing housing supply Tish James is one of them. The contortions they go through to justify their nativism and selfishness are sad.
April 30, 2018, 8:02 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
For example, here is one such shameless person
April 30, 2018, 8:11 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Why wouldn't it come as a surprise if most of those who support this project are associated or paid by the developer? That was pretty much the case for the Atlantic Yards, now called Pacific Park. I know that from the many public hearings on that project, so this may not be that different. I won't even be surprised if the developer starts to feel that the only to get his way is to side step ULURP for SEQRA when he knows which will favor him more. BTW, paid supporters usually do have a history of sounding very defensive when it comes to asking tough questions on certain projects.
May 2, 2018, 5:22 pm

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