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Gowanus Residents Against Lightstone; Livonia Ave. Initiative

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EAST NEW YORK?The Housing Preservation and Development department selected Dunn Development Corp. to begin building the first phase of the Livonia Avenue Initiative, which will create 270 apartments for low income families. The project also includes a new Boys' Club of New York, 11,000-square-feet of retail space, and a 21,000-square-foot community space. The Livonia Commons will have four residential buildings, with a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units. [CurbedWire Inbox; official and full]

GOWANUS?The Lightstone Group goes before the land use committee of Brooklyn's Community Board 6 tonight, and local residents are sharpening their pitchforks. Lightstone will be discussing the "minor"modifications they plan to make to the old Toll Brothers development, and a Curbed operative spotted a flyer calling on neighbors to show up and take a stand:

Many Gowanus residents would not consider the change from 447 condo units originally planned by Toll to 700 rental units proposed by Lightstone quite so minor, especially on a site next to a Superfund which also happens to be in a flood zone. Besides, the project will increase the strains on the already strained, antiquated sewer infrastructure on Bond Street. The community will have an opportunity to voice its concerns at Thursday's CB6 Land Use Committee Thursday [sic]. Make sure you are there.[CurbedWire Inbox; previously]