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80 Flatbush

80 Flatbush
General information
StatusProposed
TypeMixed-use
Estimated completion2022-2025
Height
Roof(Phase One - 510 feet)
(Phase Two - 840 feet)[1][2]

80 Flatbush is a proposal for a mixed-use development in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, New York City, near Downtown Brooklyn. The completion of the project is contingent on the rezoning of the site owned by Alloy and the New York City Department of Education so that two towers can be built and floor-area ratio can be tripled.[3] Without the rezoning, Alloy will still be able to build a single tower taller than the Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower, which is over 500 feet (150 m) tall.

The two buildings will incorporate residential units, two schools, office space, and a retail base. One of the schools will be an expanded facility for Khalil Gibran International Academy, while the other will be a new 350-seat elementary school.[4] Alloy, the developer, is also partnering with BRIC to turn a building on the site that will not be razed into new spaces for the organization.[5]

The development is planned for a triangular plot in Brooklyn. Not all of the buildings present today will be razed; one, a former Civil War infirmary, will be preserved and re-purposed as a cultural facility.[4]

Local community members feared that 80 Flatbush as originally planned would cast large shadows around Boerum Hill and Prospect Heights, since one of the towers was originally supposed to be as tall as the Chrysler Building. In August 2018, New York City Council member Stephen Levin announced that he would seek a height reduction.[6] Following a height reduction for both towers, the project was approved by a New York City Council subcommittee in September 2018,[7][8] and was subsequently approved by the full council. The height of Phase One was cut from 986 to 840 feet (301 to 256 m) while Phase Two was cut from 560 to 510 feet (170 to 160 m).[9]

As of October 2019, demolition of the site's preexisting structures had begun.[10]

References

  1. ^ "Two-Tower, 900-Unit Mixed-Use Development Planned at 80 Flatbush Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn". New York YIMBY. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  2. ^ "City Council Committees Sign Off on Shorter Towers at 80 Flatbush in Brooklyn". CommercialObserver.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "Alloy plans mixed-use megaproject in Downtown Brooklyn". The Real Deal. April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Rosenberg, Zoe (April 3, 2017). "Massive Downtown Brooklyn project will include 900 apartments, schools, cultural space". Curbed. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  5. ^ Sugar, Rachel (May 24, 2017). "Downtown Brooklyn megaproject will include studio space for artists through BRIC partnership". Curbed. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  6. ^ "Councilmember Levin will seek tweaks to 80 Flatbush development plan". Brooklyn Eagle. August 15, 2018. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  7. ^ Plitt, Amy (September 20, 2018). "Brooklyn's 80 Flatbush gets crucial City Council committee approval". Curbed. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Cuba, Julianne. "Councilmembers unanimously approve shrunken 80 Flatbush project". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  9. ^ Warerkar, Tanay (September 26, 2018). "Brooklyn's 80 Flatbush gets decisive City Council approval". Curbed NY. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  10. ^ Young, Michael (October 9, 2019). "Demolition At 80 Flatbush Avenue Nears Completion In Boerum Hill, Brooklyn". YIMBY. Retrieved October 9, 2019.