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City Council Green-Lights 32-Story BAM Cultural District Tower

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Despite recent concerns, the full City Council voted to approve the zoning changes for Two Trees' 32-story mixed use tower, putting the project solidly on the road to reality. Last week, council woman Letitia James threatened to vote against the development, known as BAM South, if certain demands weren't met, but she was able to reach an agreement with the developers. According to WNYC, James agreed to approve the project on grounds that the Pacific Street Carnegie Library building be preserved and arts organization 651 Arts be given space in the new building. The new library will still be located in BAM South, but the building will be saved from demolition.

Additionally, James' agreement calls for 30 percent of the units in three other projects to be set aside as affordable housing. She was not pleased that only 20 percent of the 300 units in BAM South will be affordable, but you win some, you lose some, right? In addition to the 300 apartments, the project will have 50,000-square-feet of community and cultural space and a 20,000-square-foot public plaza. WNYC also had a new (at least to us) rendering from Ten Arquitectos, which shows the building if you're driving northwest along Flatbush Avenue.
· Major BAM Development to Move Forward After Delays [WNYC]
· Brooklyn BAM project wins key approval [Crain's]
· BAM Cultural District coverage [Curbed]