The plaintiffs challenge that the upzoning for 80 Flatbush is”unlawful”
The undertaking, which has been spearheaded by Alloy Development, is set to rise in the crux of Downtown Brooklyn and Boerum Hill and State and Schermerhorn streets. The plaintiffs call this a”single family residence, low-lying region,” though the Atlantic Center mall, the Barclays Center, dozens of apartment buildings, and also the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center transit hub are within a stone’s throw of the website.
Alloy’s first proposal called for building 2 new towers–a bona fide supertall in 986 ft, the other a relatively modest 560 ft –that would house 900 flats, 200 of which would be permanently affordable, together with Class-A office area. But after much back-and-forth (and fierce resistance from some community members), the City Council approved a plan that kept much of the buildings’ density (as well as those 200 affordable units) while decreasing their peaks to 840 and 510 feet, respectively.
Almost a year after the City Council voted to approve 80 Flatbush, the dual-building development place to rise in Downtown Brooklyn, a bunch of local homeowners still attempts to stop the project from going forward.
However, the members of the State Street block association say that the nature of some of the project’s amenities–including two colleges and affordable flats through the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program–is unconstitutional. “Really, what happened here wasn’t zoning, it had been legislative action, bought and sold,” the petition reads. The City Planning Commission (which also approved the upzoning), City Council, NYC Educational Construction Fund, Alloy, and the city itself are named as defendants in the request.
The case will go to the Manhattan Supreme Court on July 19.
A spokesperson for Alloy told Curbed,”It’s a shame that a small handful of wealthy homeowners are making a last-ditch effort to derail a project that will deliver a lot of people benefits. We believe the record will show that the procedure was officially observed and that the conclusions reached were well-grounded from the law” The spokesperson also noted that the”extensive support” the project received as it moved through the town’s extended land-use review procedure, including votes of confidence by organizations as diverse as Transportation Alternatives, the Arab American Family Support Center, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and BRIC.
“Condition [Street] will be turned into a back street and an after though[t] – the backend of a growth so large, it belongs in downtown Manhattan, not a residential neighborhood,” that the site for the plaintiffs reads.