The massive mixed-use project proposed for 80 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn received a unanimous vote of approval at the City Planning Commission on Monday. The CPC’s verdict is in stark contrast to the rejection by Brooklyn Community Board 2 in May, and the skepticism expressed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in June. Most notably, Adams called for a significant height reduction—to just 600 feet—on one of the development’s planned towers.
The project now moves for a final verdict to the City Council. Stephen Levin, the council member whose district covers 80 Flatbush, has yet to publicly come out for or against the project.
As plans stand right now, the project will create 900 apartments, some of which will be located within a 986-foot skyscraper, which would become the borough’s second-tallest tower if built; it would also have cultural space, two schools, and retail.
The development has divided locals and elected officials; some tout the fact that the development will bring two schools to the neighborhood along with 200 permanently affordable apartments, but others, like public advocate (and attorney general hopeful) Letitia James, feel the project is too out of scale with the neighborhood.
For now, developer Alloy is celebrating the CPC victory.
“Today’s vote reflects the widespread support we’ve received for a rezoning of a wealthy, transit-rich area that supports density,” said Alloy CEO Jared Della Valle in a statement. “The consensus among those supporters is that building in Downtown Brooklyn along Flatbush Avenue and across from one of the largest transit hubs in the city to deliver much-needed permanently affordable housing, two public schools and cultural space makes 80 Flatbush a model for thoughtful urban planning and development.”