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Prospect Lefferts residents file suit to block planned tower

December 18, 2013 10:50AM

Residents of Brooklyn’s Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood have filed a lawsuit in hopes of blocking the construction of a 23-story, 254-unit tower at 626 Flatbush Avenue, they announced in a release yesterday. The tower is being developed by Hudson Companies, as The Real Deal reported.

The lawsuit – filed against the developer, the New York State Housing Finance Agency and others – alleges that the project uses $72 million in state funds but violates state law because the developers didn’t conduct a proper environmental impact study prior to beginning construction.

The building “would be in the midst of a neighborhood that is otherwise largely comprised of six-story or smaller buildings, and would present serious economic and environmental issues for the historic neighborhood,” the groups that filed the lawsuit said in the release. – Hiten Samtani