City Planning Votes in Favor of Rezoning for Controversial 80 Flatbush Avenue Development

The intersection of Flatbush and Lafayette avenues and Schermerhorn Streets. Photo by Susan De Vries

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It was a unanimous vote.

City Planning Commission approved a rezoning for the controversial 80 Flatbush Avenue development Monday, according to the Commercial Observer. One commissioner abstained and a second recused herself from the vote.

The proposed development, which will occupy an entire block, calls for two towers, 900 apartments — including 200 affordable units — and two schools. It is being developed by Alloy Development in collaboration with the city’s Educational Construction Fund and community nonprofit Fifth Avenue Committee.

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The proposed building site. Photo by Susan De Vries

The plan calls for the tallest of the two towers to reach 74 stories and 986 feet. (To put that in perspective, Brooklyn’s coming supertall at nearby 9 Dekalb will rise 1,066 feet.) Without a rezoning, the developers can build “as of right” up to 400 feet.

This is the latest step in the lengthy public review process known as ULURP. In June, Borough President Eric Adams voted to disapprove, with modifications/conditions — notably, that the 3rd Avenue building be 600 feet instead of 920 feet.

On May 9, Community Board 2 voted against the project.

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The Khalil Gibran school at 362 Schermerhorn Street. Photo by Susan De Vries

The City Council will vote on the matter next week on Tuesday, August 14. Typically the City Council vote follows the direction of the local member, in this case Councilman Stephen Levin, who has not yet stated a firm position on the project.

[Source: Commercial Observer]

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