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Hearing on hi-rise that would block sunlight to Brooklyn Botanic Garden

July 16, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BOROUGH HALL — BROOKLYN BP ANTONIO REYNOSO is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, July 16, about developer Bruce Eichner’s Continuum Company application to up-zone 962–972 Franklin Avenue, across the street from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Eichner wants the city to allow 14 stories plus bulkheads instead of the current limit of 7 stories. The proposal’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement shows the rezoning would cause unavoidable “adverse impacts due to direct shadow effects on open space and natural resources in Brooklyn Botanic Garden.” Councilmember Crystal Hudson and Reynoso have stated they will not approve any project that harms the beloved garden, and CB9 voted to disprove the proposed rezoning, citing the project’s potential for “significant adverse effects.”

Map courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Map courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden

BBG is asking the public to weigh in at Borough Hall on Tuesday, July 16 at 6 p.m. If you are unable to join in person, you may email comments until 5 p.m. on July 16. Full details at bbg.org.

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