The New York City Council has approved proposals to construct a new 18-story mixed-use building at 840 Atlantic Avenue in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Designed by IMC Architecture and developed by Atlantic-Vanderbilt Holdings LLC, the structure will contain a mix of market-rate and income-restricted apartments, retail space, a community arts center, and a sub-grade parking garage.
Earlier this year, Community Board 8 and Borough President Eric Adams both spoke out against the development. Community leaders requested that the affordable units, originally capped at 80 percent area median income (AMI), be reserved for households at 60 percent AMI. They also feared that the zoning text amendments required for the project to proceed would lead to drastic contextual changes to the surrounding neighborhood as a result of increased allowable height and density.
Adams also suggested that the height of the property be reduced from 154 feet to 145 feet, and that the developer create more deeply affordable housing units, increase ground-floor setbacks, and commit to extending portions of the sidewalk surrounding the property to improve pedestrian access.
In response, the developer scaled back proposals to include 270 apartments, down from 316. The original development would have yielded approximately 95 affordable homes. Now, the project will create 54 affordable units, a reasonable change considering the substantial decrease in residential density.
While the revised proposals failed to gain support from Community Board 8, the project will proceed thanks to the City Council Land Use Committee. The building will replace a drive-through McDonald’s.