Lawsuit against 80 Flatbush reaches settlement
demolition underway

September 16, 2019 Lore Croghan

A lawsuit concerning the upzoning of 80 Flatbush Ave. has been settled.

A legal challenge to Boerum Hill’s 80 Flatbush Ave. high-rise development has ended. The 400 & 500 State Street Block Association and several members of its steering committee settled a lawsuit against Alloy Development and the New York City Educational Construction Fund.

The settlement “fully resolves the dispute,” says a Sept. 13 letter to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Melissa Anne Crane, who presided over the case, from David Paget of Sive, Paget & Riesel, who represented Alloy Development in the suit. The agreement removes what could potentially have become a roadblock to co-developers Alloy and the Educational Construction Fund’s construction of an 840-foot skyscraper and a 510-foot tower with 200 units of affordable housing and 670 market-rate apartments.

The project also includes a replacement high school for deteriorating Khalil Gibran International Academy, a new elementary school, office space and retail space.

“We are unable to discuss the settlement, however, we are looking forward to creating a positive working relationship with the developer moving forward,” one of the residents who filed the suit told the Brooklyn Eagle.

Demolition is underway at the 80 Flatbush Ave. development site.

“We’re pleased to honor our commitment to establish a Community Benefits Agreement with our neighbors,” a spokesperson for Alloy Development told the Eagle. (In a Community Benefits Agreement, a developer promises to behave well while constructing a project and in exchange, community groups pledge not to oppose the project.)

“Demolition on the site is underway, we look forward to starting vertical construction next spring and to ultimately following through on our promise to deliver 200 units of permanently affordable housing and two new public schools in Downtown Brooklyn,” the spokesperson said.