First ULURP Meeting on Controversial 80 Flatbush Skyscraper Set, Community Group Preps Tonight

The proposed building site. Photo by Susan De Vries


As 80 Flatbush Avenue, a controversial development planned at the nexus of Boerum Hill, Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn, enters the ULURP process, community advocates are looking to hear your thoughts.

Tonight, the Boerum Hill Association will hold a meeting at the YWCA at 30 3rd Avenue to discuss the development plan and go over the drafted Environmental Impact Statement, according to an email the group sent out this morning. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm.

Local residents are preparing for Community Board 2’s first public hearing on 80 Flatbush, which will happen on March 28 at St Francis College, beginning at 6 pm.

The email also announced the date of the hearing, part of the official public review process, known as ULURP. The meeting was originally scheduled for last month but was postponed.

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Image via Alloy Development

The development, which will occupy a whole block, calls for two towers, 900 apartments — including 200 affordable units — and two schools. Two historic buildings will be retained, although not the fairly ordinary two buildings covered in artist Katie Merz’s recently completed murals.

During a community meeting in November, residents raised concerns over the taller 74-story building, which some said was too high. According to critics, the towers don’t fit into the surrounding brownstone neighborhood, are too glassy and cut off views of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower across the street, aka 1 Hanson Place.

Since that meeting, developers Alloy Development have amended their plans to improve sight lines of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower.

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