The Department of City Planning has officially launched the requisite public review process for 960 Franklin Avenue, a contentious high-rise development in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The proposal includes two 39-story buildings flanked by several additional volumes ranging from 16 to 20 stories.
Developers behind the proposals include Bruce Eichner’s Continuum Company and Lincoln Equities Group of Rutherford, NJ. Before the project can break ground, the developers would need to acquire special zoning permits to allow for greater residential density, overall height, and a waiver of typical parking requirements for a development of this scale.
Existing proposals specify the construction of 1,578 apartments including around 780 income restricted and affordable units for medium- to extremely low-income households, over 20,000 square feet of retail space, and 9,678 square feet of unspecified community facilities. The development would also include two separate parking garages. The entire development would comprise just under 1.4 million square feet.
In letters dated December 4 and 20, 2017, the Landmarks Preservation Commission indicated that the development site does not have archaeological significance and that the commission “did not have interest in preserving the on-site buildings” that will be demolished if the project is allowed to proceed.
Leading arguments against the development cite the anticipated shadows that would extend over a sizable portion of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Located just 200 feet away from the historic gardens, shadows from the proposed development are anticipated to affect a total of 23 greenhouses and nurseries. Mayor Bill de Blasio recently flip-flopped against the development after initially commenting that he felt the project posed no serious detriment to the Botanic Gardens.
If approved, it is expected that development would be constructed in approximately four years following necessary approvals. Completion and occupancy could be expected as early as 2024.