WHAT IS 80 FLATBUSH?
It Is A Chrysler Building in Brownstone Brooklyn
80 Flatbush is a proposed mixed use residential and commercial development on a block that is in the residential Brooklyn neighborhood of Boerum Hill and across the street from Fort Greene.
The project seeks to change New York City zoning laws to allow the building of 112 total stories across two towers – one 74 stories (986 feet) tall and one 38 stories (560 feet) tall directly across the street from 4 story residential homes. The two enormous towers will also completely block the site lines of the Historic, Landmarked Williamsburg Savings Bank Building with its iconic clock. The Landmark will no longer be visible from the West and most points on Atlantic Ave.
This will bring thousands of new residents in 922 new residential units to the neighborhood.
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80 Flatbush Is: Growing Brooklyn The Wrong Way
Where is 80 Flatbush?
It’s not in Downtown Brooklyn. It is in residential Brownstone Brooklyn in Boerum Hill and across the street from Fort Greene.
The site is bordered by:
- North: Schemerhorn Street
- South: State Street
- East: 3rd Avenue
- West: Flatbush Avenue
Downtown Brooklyn begins across Schemerhorn Street, to the North of where the lot for 80 Flatbush is. On the Fort Greene side, Downtown Brooklyn begins at Flatbush & Myrtle Avenue.
How Big is 80 Flatbush?
- The proposed project calls for two towers:
- Tower 1: 560 feet / 38 stories
- Tower 2: 920 feet / 74 stories
- Total square footage: 1.2 Million Total Square Feet
- Tower 1 would be taller than The Williamsburg Savings Bank clock tower.
- Tower 2 would be as tall as the Chrysler Building without the spire.
- It would be the tallest building in Brooklyn
- It would be the 14th Tallest building in NYC
Check out this 3-D Model to get a true sense of the scale of the proposed development
WHO ARE WE?
Block 80 Flatbush Towers is a coalition of concerned citizens and community organizations who are committed to responsible development in Brooklyn and across the five boroughs. We strongly oppose the 80 Flatbush project as proposed. It embodies everything that is wrong with the current real estate development ecosystem, the local political system, and the abuses of land use laws.
We are fighting the unchecked ability of developers to change existing zoning laws to meet their needs with complete disregard for local communities. In the case of 80 Flatbush the developer and the Education Construction Fund want to impose high rise towers that are completely out of context with neighboring brownstones and will change the face of the surrounding neighborhoods.
Our coalition is operating in close cooperation with the Boerum Hill Association and other neighborhood and community-based organizations. We are also aligned with the platform of the Alliance for a Human-Scale New York City.
WHO ARE THEY?
The Developer: Alloy LLC (www.alloyllc.com)
Alloy is a small 12-person architectural firm that has never built any project taller than 12 stories. They started buying the land around 80 Flatbush in 2016 and the public process seeking a developer for the school began in 2017.
Katherine McConvey, Chairman & Founder.
Katherine is also Chairman and CEO of KMM Telecom, the company she founded. Katherine is the seed money behind Alloy, LLC.
Jared Della Valle, CEO & Founder.
AJ Pires, President.
AJ is also the parent of students attending an elite Brooklyn private school whose annual tuition is $44,700 per student. AJ does not appear to support the New York City public school system that he is asking to support 80 Flatbush.
In the words of Alloy’s CEO, Jared Delle Valle on June 14, 2016 they are not qualified for a project of this scale:
Della Valle says the firm has also learned that, for manageability, its sweet spot is midsize projects in the 100,000–200,000-sf range. “That’s the difference between being a developer and being an architect,” he says. “As a developer, you’re taking on risk, and that can be a distraction from the design. You don’t want to be doing too many things at one time.”
The General Contractor: LendLease
Alloy LLC has hired Lendlease as their GC for the 80 Flatbush project. You may remember them from the crane that was left unsecured 70 stories above midtown Manhattan during hurricane Sandy. They also have a poor safety track record on projects elsewhere in the world. “They were on many, many occasions instructed and bullied into submission, not to tell regulators, not to tell anyone else….He said workers were under pressure not to report incidents they see, even when safety was directly affected…Clearly it is so deeply engrained and embedded in that company’s culture that it’ll never change — never, ever,” he said.
The City, The State & The Dept. of Education: Educational Construction Fund (ECF)
The ECF was created in 1968 by New York State when the city had no money to build public schools.
It was largely dormant from from 1979 ~ 2002 when Mayor Bloomberg revitalized it to create more public private partnerships and enlist private real estate developers to build New York City Schools. The ECF gives developers major tax incentives to do so.
Developers get access to the city’s AA2 bond rating. The tax payers indirectly foot the bill for the schools created by the ECF in the form of lost tax revenue to the city. Tax payers are also on the hook if the apartments or retail in the project do not rent as projected and there isn’t enough income to pay make bond payments. The city and tax payers are ultimately responsible.
Here’s what the Education Construction Fund is currently doing on the Upper East Side at East 96th Street. This project will be 260 feet shorter than tower 2 of 80 Flatbush. Governor Cuomo has gotten involved because this project is attempting to include a state-owned park as part of a the land they want to turn into a high-rise to accommodate the project.
The Educational Construction Fund is not a school in search of a developer.
It is a Developer in search of a School.
The Lobbyists, Consultants, Lawyers & Public Relations specialists.
- Kasirer: Lobbyists. “Tops the list of NY lobbying firms in 2017.” Paid $8,000 per month plus expenses.
- 99 Solutions LLC: Government Relations Consulting. Paid $4,000 per month retainer plus expenses.
- Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson: NYC Land Use Attorneys. Paid nearly $250,000 to-date. Paid hourly fees + retainer. Partners are paid $1,125-$1,475 per hour.
- Daly Gonzalez: Public Relations. Paid $32,000 flat fee.
Total Money Spent To-date on 80 Flatbush Influence Campaign:
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
If 80 Flatbush is approved as currently proposed
$250 – $300 Million
in NYC and DOE – owned land and build-able air rights will be transferred to Alloy
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Attend The Brooklyn Borough President’s Hearing on Apr. 30th
- Date: Monday April 30th
- Time: 6pm
- Place: Brooklyn, Borough Hall Courtroom
- 209 Joralemon Street
- (bet. Boerum Place & Cadman Plaza West)
Anyone can attend the Borough President’s Hearing. They are public meetings open for all. You don’t need to live in a specific neighborhood or even in Brooklyn.
If you can’t attend the meeting, please EMAIL Borough President Eric Adams to submit your testimony.
Sign The Petition:
This petition will be sent to all local elected officials involved in this review process.
Sign up to receive updates from the Block 80 Flatbush Towers campaign and the Boerum Hill Association.
Donate To The Cause:
We welcome any and all donations to help get the word out. Your donations will be extremely valuable for expenses such as :
- Land Use Consultant
- Land Use Attorney
- Marketing Expenses
- Website development & hosting
All donations will go to the Boerum Hill Association, which is a registered 501(c)4 non-profit association. The Boerum Hill Association is currently allocating 100% of its fundraising to the efforts against 80 Flatbush.
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Attend The CB2 Full Board Hearing on May 9th
- Date: Wednesday May 9th
- Time: 6pm
- Place: TBD
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a public meeting that is open to all attendees. You don’t need to live in Brooklyn or any specific neighborhood to attend.
Email or Call Your City Council Member
Brooklyn City Council districts in the vicinity of the proposed 80 Flatbush:
- District 33: Stephen T. Levin E: email@example.com
- District 34: Antonio Reynoso E: firstname.lastname@example.org
- District 35: Laurie A. Cumbo, City Council Majority Leader E: email@example.com
- District 36: Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
- District 37: Rafael Espinal, Jr. E: REspinal@council.nyc.gov
- District 38: Carlos Menchaca E: email@example.com
- District 39: Brad Lander E: firstname.lastname@example.org
- District 40: Matthieu Eugene E: email@example.com
- District 3: Corey Johnson, City Council Speaker E: SpeakerJohnson@council.nyc.gov
Email us with questions
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- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bklyner: Borough President Releases Recommendations for 80 Flatbush, June 15, 2018
- Curbed: Brooklyn Borough President Proposes Height Reduction for 80 Flatbush Supertall, June 15, 2018
- Brooklyn Eagle: New Yorkers Debate Pros and Cons of 80 Flatbush Development at City Planning Commission Hearing, June 14, 2018
- 140 CPW: BHA Urges Heights Residents to Testify Against 80 Flatbush, June 12, 2018
- OhNoDoBro: CB2 Votes to Reject Contentious 80 Flatbush Development, May 11, 2018
- Brooklyn Eagle: Community Board Knocks Down Plan for 80 Flatbush Supertall, May 10, 2018
- The Bridge: The Plan for 80 Flatbush Hits A Bump. What Happens Next, May 10, 2018
- Curbed: Brooklyn Community Board Rejects Proposed Flatbush Ave Supertall, May 10, 2018
- Patch: Community Board Votes Down Massive 80 Flatbush Development, May 10, 2018
- Bkyner: Eric Adams Hosts Second ULURP Public Hearing for 80 Flatbush, May 2, 2018
- Patch: Massive 80 Flatbush Development Voted Down By Community Board, April 21, 2018
- Curbed: Brooklyn’s 80 Flatbush megadevelopment rejected bhy CB2 Land Use committee, April 20, 2018
- Brooklyn Paper: CB2 Land Use Committee Votes Down Massive 80 Flatbush Project, April 20, 2018
- Brooklyn Eagle: CB2 Land Use Committee Rejects 80 Flatbush Plan, April 19, 2018
- Bklyner: CB2 Land-Use Committee Votes Against 80 Flatbush Development, April 19, 2018
- Brownstoner: CB 2 Land Use Committee Votes Against Proposed Development at 80 Flatbush, April 19, 2018
- Brooklyn Eagle: Gardeners Miffed at Developer of 80 Flatbush, April 18, 2018
- Brooklyn Paper: Growing Divide: Builder [Alloy] skips meeting with community growers about 80 Flatbush project, sowing seeds of discord, April 17, 2018
- Municipal Arts Society: 80 Flatbush Would Cause Irreparable Damage to the Neighborhood, April 13, 2018
- Architectural Record: New Tower Planned For Brooklyn Draws Community Ire, April 9, 2018
- Brooklyn Community Board 2: 80 Flatbush Hearing Video, March 28, 2018
- The Bridge: Inside the Battle over the Megaproject at 80 Flatbush, April 1, 2018
- Brooklyn Paper: Mass resistance: Locals, electeds turn out in force to oppose megadevelopment in Boerum Hill, March 30, 2018
- Brooklyn Eagle: Supertall Boerum Hill Skyscraper Sparks Neighbors’ Ire, March 30, 2018
- Brownstoner: Residents Voice Concern Over Controversial 80 Flatbush Development in Tense Public Hearing, March 29, 2018
- Bkylyer: ‘Too Tall! Too Close! Too Much!,’ Say Opponents Of 80 Flatbush, March 29, 2018
- Brooklyn Paper: Weigh In: City hosts first public hearing about massive 80 Flatbush development tonight, March 28, 2018
- Bklyner: Save Our Sunlight: Protestors Rally Against Alloy’s Shadow Casting Towers, March 26, 2018
- Brownstoner: Hearing for Controversial Boerum Hill Tower Postponed, Public Review Expected to Start Soon, Feb 5, 2016
- Brownstoner: Locals Say Alloy’s Downtown Brooklyn Mega-Project Is Too Tall, Blocks Historic Tower, November 14, 2017
- Curbed: Boerum Hill residents lodge complaints against 74-story Flatbush Avenue tower, August 28, 2017
- Brooklyn Paper: The wrong fit: Super-tall, super-dense towers have no place in Boerum Hill, petition says, August 24, 2017
- NBC 4 NY: Brooklyn Residents Protest Huge Building Development, August 29, 2017
- Brooklyn Paper: Unfair trade: New schools do not justify building Boerum Hill high-rises, neighbors say, June 30, 2017
- Bklyner: Will Mega-Project 80 Flatbush Cast A Shadow Over Downtown Brooklyn?, April 7, 2017
- Brooklyn Paper: Unprecedented! Developer seeks super tall tower for Boerum Hill block, April 5, 2017
- Gothamist: Alloy plans mixed-use megaproject in Downtown Brooklyn, April, 3, 2017
- Original 80 Flatbush Press Release: Scribd, April 3, 2016
- Brooklyn Paper: Sources: Developer planning massive mystery tower in Boerum Hill, Sept. 6, 2016
- Brooklyn Paper: Making a Khalil-ing: City may sell Boerum Hill Arabic-language schoolhouse to developer, Sept. 2 2016