BLOCK 80 FLATBUSH TOWERS

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.

View or download this presentation for more detailed information on 80 Flatbush in addition to what you’ll find on this site.

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.

Alloy’s Leadership

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.

Total Money Spent To-date on 80 Flatbush Influence Campaign:

Approximately $500,000

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1

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.

 

2

Sign The Petition:

Petition Against 80 Flatbush

This petition will be sent to all local elected officials involved in this review process.

3

Get updates: 

Sign up to receive updates from the Block 80 Flatbush Towers campaign and the Boerum Hill Association.

4

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.

5

Join the conversation on social media

 

Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook

6

Attend The CB2 Full Board Hearing on May 9th

 

  • Date: Wednesday May 9th
  • Time: 6pm
  • Place: TBD

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.

 

7

Email or Call Your City Council Member

 

Brooklyn City Council districts in the vicinity of the proposed 80 Flatbush:

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Email us with questions

 

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