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80 Flatbush called ‘best case scenario’ for Brooklyn’s housing needs

September 12, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Rendering by Alloy Development/Luxigon

If its current rate of growth continues, Brooklyn will be more populous than the city of Chicago. This means more housing is needed. But even though new construction is under way, it won’t be enough to meet the needs of 144,000 new Kings County residents since 2010, according to Alexandra Lange of Curbed

Lange believes the proposed 80 Flatbush development, which would include two high-rise towers, is the “best-case scenario” for private-sector housing development. “It bills high-quality design, excellent public transit options and a desirable neighborhood as amenities for the public good,” she says.

However, there are those who disagree, Curbed reported. One of these is Councilmember Stephen Levin, who says he would only vote “yes” when the project comes before the City Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises if the developer, Alloy Development, reduces its density by one-third, making it equal to Downtown Brooklyn’s other towers. Lange retorts that Alloy’s previous success in DUMBO with its One John Street condo building proves that the firm has “the ability to make something that solves urban problems and has architectural personality and quality.”

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