Brooklyn councilman wants to cut Alloy’s 80 Flatbush down to size

Stephen Levin says the site across from Atlantic Terminal should be "transitional" from Downtown Brooklyn skyscrapers to neighborhood townhomes

Aug.August 15, 2018 08:41 AM

Jared Della Valle, Stephen Levin, and a rendering of 80 Flatbush in Brooklyn (Credit: 80 Flatbush, Van Alen Institute, and Wikipedia)

Alloy Development and partners are planning a 986-foot tall residential skyscraper for 80 Flatbush, near Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. But the local city councilman on Tuesday indicated he’d like to see the builders go back to the drawing board.

“I consider it a transitional block,” Councilman Stephen Levin said at a hearing according to Crain’s, “and therefore this is something we are going to have to try and reconcile over the next couple of weeks.” Levin’s speech that emphasized that the area’s 2004 rezoning was meant to for a building scale somewhere between high-rise Downtown Brooklyn and low-rise Boerum Hill, Crain’s reported.

Alloy’s full-block development, as originally planned, would include 900 apartments, 200 of which would be reserved for affordable housing. Retail space and an elementary school are also in the works.

The project needed additional zoning approvals from the city and earlier this month received a thumbs up from City Planning, but it still needs the full vote of City Council, where Levin, whose district includes 80 Flatbush, effectively holds the deciding vote. [Crain’s] — Will Parker


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