Locals Plan Town Hall Meeting With Borough President on High-Rise Development in PLG

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Community group Prospect East Network has arranged a town hall meeting with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams about high-rise development near Prospect Park in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

PEN has said it wants Hudson Companies to lower the height of its planned 23-story tower at 626 Flatbush to nine stories, which it says is “the current zoning limit for new development in all the other neighborhoods surrounding Prospect Park,” and make 30 percent of the units affordable. They also want to downzone Flatbush and Ocean avenues so new developments would not rise higher than 80 feet.

When we stopped by a week ago at 626 Flatbush, above, the site had been cleared but construction had not yet started. The planned development is as-of-right, which means it complies with existing zoning and does not need any variances.

The meeting will take place from 7 to 9 pm on Monday, April 7 at the John Hus Moravian Church at 153 Ocean Avenue. Locals are also planning a prayer vigil before the meeting, at 6:15 pm in front of 626 Flatbush Avenue. Click through to the jump to see the meeting flyer and another photo of the building site.

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3 Comment

  • So the PEN peeps want to cut the building by roughly 60% in height and make 30 units affordable. I think a math lesson is needed on how real estate development and general economics work. No way the developers will go for that drastic a change. If you want more affordable housing supply in general must increase. PLG is filled with a bunch of old brick RS buildings that just bring down the quality of the neighborhood commercially. Time for some new developments over there, as long as they arent ugly monstrosities IMO.

    • NeoGrec

      I’m no fan of high rises in low rise neighborhoods, but I fear community groups and local residents alike will find it increasingly difficult to stop these developments. There’s simply no political support for low density and Mayor De Blasio is the biggest booster of all for building big. Realistically, majorhints is correct. The only way to deliver affordable housing is to build as many units as possible.

  • Last time I checked, Hudson was not running a charity, but a for profit business. As Cate points out, this building is as of right, and someone would have to cover the difference between the value of constructing a 23 storey vs. a 9 storey bulding. As PEN asserts, they want Hudson to conform to zoning that applies to other locations. That aint the way zoning works. Unless Hudson has other projects in the pipeline that require discretionary govt subsidies, why would they “negotiate?”