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News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

12 Story Tower Coming Just Above The Mason-Dixon


Empire Blvd is basically where this caption is
I'm not sighing over a proposed 12-story building that's coming to the vacant lot at 109 Montgomery. It's yet another obvious sign of the money to be made building all-market-rate buildings "as of right." I've been leading the call to rezone precisely because of some of the inherent dumbness of not collaborating with the City to see whether more concessions for affordability, ground floor retail, green-space, height limits - whether smart stuff could be baked into the "as of right" pie. And seeing the way our battle over at CB9 with MTOPP gets a big smarmy chuckle from the pro development folks at YIMBY really made my heart sink.


A much talked-about rezoning for Empire Boulevard, the boundary between Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Gardens, has been roiled by dissent from hardline anti-gentrification group Movement to Protect the People. But while Airbnb host-turned-anti-displacement-advocate Alicia Boyd is throwing racially charged bombs at the community board and local politicians and holding up an effort to rezone the wasteland of Empire Boulevard, by-right projects nearby like 902 Franklin Avenue and 1 Sullivan Place are moving along.

And now we can add 109 Montgomery Street to that list. Earlier today, an application was submitted to the Department of Buildings to erect a 12-story, 173-unit apartment building – likely rentals – mid-block between Washington and Franklin avenues.

I wasn't surprised to learn that BBG (Brooklyn Botanic Garden) owns the land, and will hopefully make a big-ass profit to throw at their endowment (that's where to put it guys - don't let it burn a hole in your pocket!)

We've been over this all before, so I won't reiterate. With those four 7-stories going up at the old Sea Crest Linen site and more than two dozen projects slated around the immediate environs, it's safe to say this neighborhood will feel very, very different real soon. For better or worse, study or no study.

Thanks Babs and Mike (whynot_31?) from Brooklynian for the heads up.


MikeF said...

This building will blend in nicely with the four, seven story buildings that will be going where the adjacent Sea Crest Laundry plant sits.

babs said...

Same developer too I think.

Alex said...

A variance for street level retail would be a good move - likely?

Clarkson FlatBed said...

Probably not worth it to the developer. They're already getting exactly what they want without a fuss.

Planning tells me that a big missed opportunity on 4th Avenue was to demand the retail. That would have made a huge difference to the livability of 4th Avenue. Think about it...wide boulevard, former gas stations and storage, but add to that lots and lots of affordable units.

Makes you think...

MikeF said...

The Spice Factory is composed of several sites, and it would not surprise me if some of them pursued commercial on the first floor once the owner gets his price.

Unknown said...

One of the things I noticed when I started reading about NYC zoning last year was that R7-2b with commercial overlay doesn't just allow first floor commercial, it demands it. That would have made a huge difference on 4th Ave. And could still make a huge difference on Empire Ave.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know what's up with the old car wash/oil change place next to Phat Albert's on Flatbush? It's been boared up for a few years now. Imagine it's hard to convert to anything different from what it was before.