Community Board 2 rejected the proposed Flatbush 80 project with a vote of 32-1.
The highly controversial mixed-use development project proposed for 80 Flatbush Avenue received a serious blow when the Community Board 2 rejected the proposal during its board meeting earlier this week, reports Curbed NY. The board voted against Alloy Development’s request for a rezoning for the site, located at Flatbush Avenue, State Street, Schermerhorn Street and Third Avenue, to build a more dense project than it is currently permitted.
Alloy plans to build a sprawling development to add 900 apartments—including 200 affordable units, a cultural space and two schools. The development would stretch across five buildings, including a 986 feet tower which would become Brooklyn’s tallest construction.
The proposal has been met with strong opposition and concerns about the preservation of the character of nearby historic neighborhoods such as Fort Greene by Public Advocate Letitia James and preservationists. Supporters, which include civic and transit groups, believe the project is crucial for alleviating pressure on rents in surrounding, lower-income areas.
Alloy remains hopeful that the project can move forward as planned, according to its president AJ Pires.
“While we respect [CB2’s] position, we’ve also received a lot of support for the project, both in the neighborhood and citywide,” said Pires in a statement.“The consensus among those many supporters is that building in Downtown Brooklyn along Flatbush Avenue and across from one of the largest transit hubs in the city to deliver affordable housing, two schools and cultural space makes 80 Flatbush a model for intelligent development.”
For the project to proceed, it will need the approval from the City Planning Commission, the City Council and the mayor. However, the Community Board’s vote may influence other elected officials’ support for the project.