A planned mixed-use project with a skyline-altering tower in downtown Brooklyn is moving forward after the developer reached an agreement with local residents fighting against the project in the courts.
Alloy Development settled with 400 & 500 State Street Block Association in Manhattan Supreme Court and can start work on its 80 Flatbush project, Curbed reports.
Construction will start next spring. Demolition on the site has started.
The project features two towers that will reach 840 and 510 feet, respectively.
The association had filed a lawsuit earlier this summer, claiming that approved upzoning that was allowing the project to go ahead was “unlawful and constitutionally impermissible.”
The association lawsuit had named City Council, the City Planning Commission, the New York City Educational Construction Fund and Alloy Development as defendants and calling for the upzoning to be annulled.
However, Alloy and the association have now fully resolved the dispute, Alloy’s attorney wrote in a letter to Supreme Court Judge Melissa Crane. Both parties have agreed to stop all action. The project will ultimately feature 900 units, 200 of which will be affordable, along with office and retail space.
Alloy also agreed to run air quality monitoring for construction dust throughout construction, to share its construction plans and to run “noise minimization measures,” according to the website.
“We’re pleased to honor our commitment to establish a Community Benefits Agreement with our neighbors,” an Alloy spokesperson said in a statement, adding that demolition is now 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.”