There was one fact developer Two Trees forgot to mention when it announced its plans for a 32-story, 300-400-unit residential tower in Downtown Brooklyn's BAM Cultural District: the tower would require a zoning change. The current zoning allows about 53 percent of any building on site to be residential space, The Brooklyn Paper explains, while a full 86 percent of the floor space would be apartments under Two Trees' proposed plan. (Pursuing this zoning change was always part of the plan, a project rep reminds us.)
That plan also includes about 50,000 square feet of cultural space, for three Brooklyn Academy of Music Theaters, a rehearsal space, and other uses. Two Trees argues that this is a better use of the site than the kind of building Two Trees could construct without a zoning change. Some area residents disagree, and prefer the original plan for the site, which had thee times as much arts and commercial space.
· Looking for Apartments: Two Trees seeks zoning change to allow for more housing near BAM [BK Paper]
· Two Trees Bringing 32-STory Apartment Tower to DoBro [Curbed]
· Two Trees coverage [Curbed]