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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:19 PM   #1
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Two Trees Bringing 32-Story Apartment Tower to DoBro
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, by Jessica Dailey
Share on email0The transformation of the BAM Cultural District is barreling forward. Two Trees is beginning the public review and approval process for a 32-story tower (right, click for big) in Downtown Brooklyn, just across the street from Atlantic Center. The site is currently a parking lot bound by Flatbush, Ashland Place, and Lafayette Avenue, and we last talked about it way back in 2008 when news first broke that Two Trees would be developing the project. Back then, the building was going to have 180 apartments and 187,000-square-feet of cultural space, but now it will have 300-400 apartments, 20 percent of which will be affordable, and just 50,000-square-feet of cultural space.

It will also have a sprawling 16,000-square-foot public plaza along Flatbush Avenue and 23,000-square-feet of ground floor retail. Enrique Norten of Ten Arquitectos is still the project architect, and the arts space will be shared by BAM, 651 ARTS, and the Brooklyn Public Library.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:22 PM   #2
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So many proposed and u/c highrises in New York City! It's amazing
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Old November 29th, 2012, 08:53 PM   #3
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I agree.

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Hi, Lion.

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You're the man. How are those college girls?
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No, that'd be you! They are in their sexual prime and some are even in heat!
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No, that'd be you! They are in their sexual prime and some are even in heat!
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Two Trees Needs Zoning Change for 32-Story DoBro Tower



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There was one fact developer Two Trees forgot to mention when it announced its plans for a 32-story, 300-400-unit residential tower in Downtown Brooklyn's BAM Cultural District: the tower would require a zoning change. The current zoning allows about 53 percent of any building on site to be residential space, The Brooklyn Paper explains, while a full 86 percent of the floor space would be apartments under Two Trees' proposed plan. (Pursuing this zoning change was always part of the plan, a project rep reminds us.)

That plan also includes about 50,000 square feet of cultural space, for three Brooklyn Academy of Music Theaters, a rehearsal space, and other uses. Two Trees argues that this is a better use of the site than the kind of building Two Trees could construct without a zoning change. Some area residents disagree, and prefer the original plan for the site, which had thee times as much arts and commercial space
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Ashland Demo In Brooklyn Makes Way For Plaza And BAM Residential Tower



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The warehouse at 246 Ashland Place is finito, after the DOB approved demolition permits in November. Now that it’s gone, there’s space for two coming developments. A small part of the parcel will be dedicated to the visual arts plaza outside of the Theater for a New Audience, now under construction. But a majority of the site (now a parking lot) is for the North Tower I. This site will be developed by the Gotham Organization and DT Salazar Inc., who plan for 600 new residences, half of which will be affordable. This development will also include 20,000 square feet of cultural and related office space and 20,000 square feet of retail space. The city recently released an RFP for North Tower II, which will bound the southern end of the arts plaza. And then of course there’s the BAM South Site, across from Lafayette Avenue, where the Two Trees developers recently started up the land use review process. Click through to the jump for a very helpful map outlining how the city-owned property will be divvied up. One other note: Yesterday the Brooklyn Paper reported the city has yet to rule on Two Trees’ request for a zoning change to allow more housing at the site.

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How to get 100% of nothing...

Fate of big BAM expansion is a cliff-hanger


Noisy Councilwoman gets pushy, Two Trees may build as-of-right and kill cultural and residential components altogether


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The drama surrounding a major expansion of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's campus, the so-called BAM South development in Fort Greene, is now worthy of the 105-year-old theater.

At center stage is local Councilwoman Letitia James, who has long sung the praises of the project to bring 300 apartments and three cultural institutions to a site just off Flatbush Avenue. Just last week, however, Ms. James said she will oppose the development unless a series of demands are met. BAM South's developer, Two Trees Management Co., along with the project's many boosters, fear Ms. James' change of heart could foil the plan before the development comes up for its final City Council vote.

"If the project is turned down, the losers are going to be the affordable housing and cultural community and not the developer and the council member," said Tucker Reed, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. "We've been working on this for years, and for it to be undone in a week for political reasons is a real shame for the community and the city."

Ms. James argues that she has always been skeptical of the project, where 20% of the units would be set aside for affordable housing. Furthermore, she said that she is only now voicing her concern because the project, which has been in the works since 2006 is finally before the City Council. In addition to more affordable housing units, Ms. James is pushing for "prevailing wages" for construction workers on the project, which essentially means bringing them up to union levels.

Critics argue that Ms. James is simply making this last minute stand to appease labor leaders, many of whom are backing her current campaign for public advocate, a charge dismissed by the councilwoman. "The two have nothing to do with each other," Ms. James said. "This is a public project, where the developer is receiving tax breaks and getting a good price for the land from the city, so it is appropriate a prevailing wage standard be met."

Two Trees, which has always built its projects in the borough with a mix of union and non-union labor, said that it simply cannot afford to compromise on construction costs, because it is already providing the 60 units of affordable housing along with the cultural space in the project. Two Trees estimates that paying prevailing wages would boost its construction costs by 30%.

A rezoning, which is needed for the project to move forward, is what the City Council will take up on Wednesday. The proposed zoning change would tweak the commercial zoning on the site to allow for the residential development.

The Bloomberg administration began weighing the fate of three parking lots across the street from BAM in the last decade, and Two Trees was selected to develop one of them, the site known as BAM South in 2009. In addition to being a site for affordable housing, the property at the corner of Flatbush and Lafayette avenues was always intended to also become a new cultural anchor, with space for BAM, the Brooklyn Public Library and 651 ARTS, a group dedicated to performing arts of "the African Diaspora."

These and other cultural groups have taken a stand against Ms. James, sending two strongly worded letters to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn imploring her to rally support for the project in spite of Ms. James' opposition. Negotiations are said to be ongoing with labor unions, the Bloomberg administration and Ms. James in the hopes of reaching some agreement before Wednesday's vote.

One possible outcome in the high drama is that Ms. James could formally lodge her protest vote, while the rest of the council rallies to pass the project. Such a thing has happened before, as it did with the huge Jamaica, Queens, rezoning in 2007. Then two local council members opposed the project, but it still passed the Council 45-3. Typically, council members back the local representatives, lest they face opposition when projects come up in their own districts.

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Despicable. Truly despicable. This is a totally self serving stance on part of the councilwoman.
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Old June 13th, 2013, 01:58 PM   #17
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I agree. Why the hell is she interfering in typical labour union affairs like wages?
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"Damn the torpedos!"

City Council Green Lights 32-Story BAM Cultural District Tower



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Despite recent concerns, the full City Council voted to approve the zoning changes for Two Trees' 32-story mixed use tower, putting the project solidly on the road to reality. Last week, council woman Letitia James threatened to vote against the development, known as BAM South, if certain demands weren't met, but she was able to reach an agreement with the developers. According to WNYC, James agreed to approve the project on grounds that the Pacific Street Carnegie Library building be preserved and arts organization 651 Arts be given space in the new building. The new library will still be located in BAM South, but the building will be saved from demolition.

Additionally, James' agreement calls for 30 percent of the units in three other projects to be set aside as affordable housing. She was not pleased that only 20 percent of the 300 units in BAM South will be affordable, but you win some, you lose some, right?
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