What's Big and Ready to Start and Unwanted on Flatbush Avenue/Prospect Park?

Big opposition has popped up to a big new building in Prospect Park

Cable news NY1 has posted a report (with video accessible with a Time Warner Cable Inc. ID), on a 23-story game changer on Flatbush Avenue that the neighborhood says it doesn't want.

The vacant parking lot "will dwarf Prospect Lefferts Gardens and tower over nearby Prospect Park," according to the report.

A local group, Prospect Park East Network "says that the development is out of scale for the neighborhood and will ruin the park experience," the report says.

The developer is Hudson Cos. It's plans, according to the company's site development page, says that it is an 80/20 project: 80% of the units will be rented at market rate and 20% will affordable rentals targeted to "to households earning no more than 50% of the area median income."

The building, according to Hudson, will include about 4,000 square feet of street-level retail and about 3,000 square feet of second-floor community facilities. "Rear yard surface parking, as well as a lavishly landscaped inner courtyard and numerous building amenities, will serve the building residents," says the site.

The site also speaks directly to the opposition group's objections.  It says that the tower is set back 100 feet from the street, "while the commercial portion of the building continues the 2- to 3-story context of the neighboring area."

Moreover, it also says that a "facade and ‘proscenium’ gesture at the roof of the lower and upper roof were also selected with the neighborhood context in mind."

But NY1 reports that the caretaker group Prospect Park Alliance said "We feel a 23-story building on the edge of the park will compromise the original Olmstead and Vaux vision for the park as an urban refuge where the public can enjoy unspoiled natural views."

The report says the Alliance and the Prospect Park East Network opponents are calling for zoning changes.

The NY1 report concludes that while the city said it is examining the rezoning request, Hudson Cos. says that it has "the permits and money to move ahead, and plans on starting demolition by the end of the year."

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