PLG Tower Plans Scratched for Nine-Story Rental


Looks like PLG residents can breathe a sigh of relief: A modest, nine-story rental building is going up on a site where formerly a controversial 20-story glass tower was planned. Yesterday Curbed reported that developer Anderson Associates is building the 133-unit affordable rental at 33 Lincoln Road. It’ll actually be two buildings connected by an enclosed corridor with frontage on both Flatbush and Lincoln. The ground floor will have two retail areas and community space. Twenty percent of the units will be affordable to low-income families and 80 percent affordable to middle-income families. This plan was met with some positive response from Community Board Nine’s land-use review committee, according to Curbed. It still has to be approved by the full board on Oct. 23. Fastest-case scenario, the developer will break ground in three months.
Nine-Story Rental Planned for Old Prospect Park Tower Site [Curbed]
Two Buildings for the PLG Glass Tower Site? [Brownstoner]
PLG Tower Site Officially Sells [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: Action at PLG Tower Site [Brownstoner]
Would-Be PLG Tower Site Sold? [Brownstoner]
Site for Glassy PLG Tower Hits the Market [Brownstoner] GMAP DOB
Rendering via Curbed

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  • I was reading about this yesterday; I actually like this plan. The floors seem well-thought-out (for example, having parking on the lower level, where due to subway noise, it would not make sense to have living space, and also the courtyards to allow light to penetrate). The addition of retail, of course, is more than welcome. I’m still worried about train crowding during the morning and evening rush hours, once the units are all occupied, but at least this structure will have fewer units than the previously-envisioned tower.

  • Gee, this might actually work. At first glance, it looks a whole lot better than the previously proposed glass tower project. In fact, with nine stories of affordable housing, onsite parking, retail, a rooftop terrace and, possibly, a school, in this location — were it all to come true– sounds great!

  • Isn’t 80/20 housing usually 20% low income and 80% market rate? Or is this a different tax exemption program? In any event, the plan looks good and will be a welcome replacement to the weed-filled lot, which was a welcome replacement for the rat-filled building that was there before.

    The commenter on Curbed who suggested that the area just north of there should be upzoned was spot on( this is the bleak commercial zone around Empire/Washington/Flatbush/Franklin where the Wendy’s and western beef are.) That is a perfect spot for high-density residential development: directly overlooking the BBG and prospect park, and directly adjacent to two of the best express lines in the city.

  • This is a welcome change!

    I hope the developers will leave our PLG arts Murals, painted on the construction fence with the permission of the former owners, up as long as possible, although I realize that they will eventually have to come down. If the new developers would like new murals on any new construction fence, please contact me off-list at bmarvin[at]plgarts[dot]org.

  • This is a welcome change!

    I hope the developers will leave our PLG arts Murals, painted on the construction fence with the permission of the former owners, up as long as possible, although I realize that they will eventually have to come down. If the new developers would like new murals on any new construction fence, please contact me off-list at bmarvin[at]plgarts[dot]org.

  • This seems to be a 100% affordable instead of 80/20, which would qualify for additional financial benefits. Acceptance in the HDC program (see Curbed article) would be a big win – HDC has a long proven record of continuous site monitoring, including strict vetting of potential tenants.

  • Kind of interesting detail on the Curbed plan is a public pedestrian walkway that goes through the building from Lincoln over to Flatbush. Am I reading that correctly? Would it be open-air or through the building?

  • Kind of interesting detail on the Curbed plan is a public pedestrian walkway that goes through the building from Lincoln over to Flatbush. Am I reading that correctly? Would it be open-air or through the building?

  • I’m curious as to why affordable housing is a disappointment to you. Please explain.

  • I’m curious as to why affordable housing is a disappointment to you. Please explain.

  • Actually, depending on the definition of “middle income” you could be looking at some rather well-off individuals and families, in comparison to what the average income is in most areas of Brooklyn (here included).