Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Victory for BBG and it's communities,visitors
From BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN
We are thrilled to share with you that today the New York City Planning Commission voted unanimously to reject the rezoning application for 960 Franklin Avenue. You can watch hearing here (vote on the project begins around 38:00): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJtrK45T7hA
The CPC's vote is a binding decision in the City's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure process and puts an end to the developer's application to build a massive complex with 39-story towers that would have cast shadows causing a devastating loss of sunlight to BBG's conservatory, greenhouses, and nursery.
BBG thanks all of its supporters in the Fight for Sunlight who worked tirelessly to raise alarms about the permanent, catastrophic harm the development would do to the Garden, Medgar Evers College, Jackie Robinson Playground, and the surrounding community. We applaud the City Planning Commission's decision as well as the earlier disapprovals by Community Board 9 and Borough President Eric Adams and public statements against the project by Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo, and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
This is a victory for the community and for the city. We are so proud to be Brooklyn's Garden!