At a contentious meeting of the Cobble Hill Association Monday night, LICH developer Fortis presented plans for an as-of-right 44-story tower and other high-rise apartment buildings that would tower over Cobble Hill. Much of the area is landmarked and no more than four stories high.
Fortis also presented a second plan that would have slightly lower buildings but require a special zoning variance and formal public review, the Brooklyn Paper reported.
Curiously, the $240,000,000 sale has not yet closed, although it was supposed to April 30. A Fortis spokesman said the company expects the sale to go through in the next few weeks but did not explain the delay, said Brooklyn Paper.
Cobble Hill residents and others who attended the meeting seemed vehemently opposed to any of the proposals, according to the Brooklyn Paper’s report. “This is going to be a decade-long battle — this is war! Eighty percent of the people in this room are attorneys and they will be up your a– every step of the way,” the paper quoted one man as saying.
Some more details: The as-of-right plan would include two towers of 44 stories and 19 stories each, and two 14-story towers, as well as assorted lower buildings, all within the current LICH campus bounded by Atlantic Avenue, Hicks, Henry and Amity Street. No word yet on whether they would be condos, rentals or include any affordable housing. The second plan would have lower but denser towers reaching 40, 30, and 20 floors. Click through to the Brooklyn Paper story to see more renderings.
Local residents and pols, including Bill de Blasio before he became mayor, vehemently fought the closure and the development of the state-owned hospital, and charged the sale to Fortis Group was rigged, as we have reported.
FIRST LOOK: LICH developer reveals plans for towers in Cobble Hill [BK Paper]
LICH Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photos of renderings by Noah Hurowitz for Community News Group, reprinted with permission
Above, a map showing the as-of-right proposal.