The Real Deal New York

Two Trees’ BAM mixed-use project clears first hurdle

December 20, 2012 03:30PM

Two Trees Management’s new mixed-use development near the Brooklyn Academy of Music earned mixed reviews at a local community board meeting last night, although it gained conditional approval from the board’s land use committee, Brownstoner reported.

The 32-story building would include 400 rental apartments, 20 percent of which will be “affordable” units, a 10,000-square-foot Public Plaza, a library, a movie theater, two restaurants and 15,500 square feet of other retail space, according to previous reports.

While residents expressed concerns about the height of the building and the traffic the development might create, the land use committee did provisionally approve the project, with certain conditions set. Two Trees will need to remove terraces from the design, and implement “a traffic plan, and an unobtrusive illumination plan,” Brownstoner said.

The proposed development would partner with the local community, incorporating the Pacific Street library, which was slated to close, and with the three theaters operated by BAM.

This was not the only community-altering project approved by a community board yesterday, as the massive Cornell NYC Tech project also got the go-ahead. [Brownstoner] –Guelda Voien