Help Us Raise Money for our Shadow Study!
We need to be prepared for the developers Environmental Review, with our own Shadow Study!
According to the Land Use Chairman of Community Board 9, the developers plan a fast track application process
We need to be ready!
Help us Reach Our Goal!
In 1991 BBG requested and received height limits of 6 to 7 stories to protect BBG’s greenhouses and three conservatories. At the time the Department of City Planning stated that 13 plus story development along Franklin Ave was dangerous for BBG because of the shadows they would cast on this environmentally sensitive land mass. For more info please click here.
Cornell Reality presented a 22 story proposal, (smaller brown building to the left) and we organized and put pressure on our elected official, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, who was running for re-election. As a result, Cornell Reality backed down but with the promise to come back when they had the support of the local elected officials. (We assumed that meant when the election year was over.)
Now Bruce Eichner is planning the with over a million square feet and heights of 42 stories in a 6 to 7 story zone. At the Land Use Community Board 9 meeting on February 13, 2018, members of the committee stated that Bruce Eichner has given money to local elected official and that he would not back down and build within the 6 to 7 limit because he would not make money.
However, this passage isn't exactly assured because the developer has to do an Environmental Review of the potential negative effects that this development can have on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The downside is that the developers pay for the review and normally it comes back negative (no adverse effects).
That is why we need to conduct our own environmental review and present it as an alternative, to push back against the developers as well as use it as a tool to challenge this entire project in a court of law!
Lastly, Members of Community Board 9 Land Use committee have talked about using this project to get community benefits, (the Chairman of Community Board 9, Musa Moore, is a Real Estate Lobbyist, who has appointed 20 out of the 26 members of the committee) but we have stated clearly that we do not want community benefits! That we do not want our Garden destroyed to make money for a wealthy developer! Our garden is our treasure that money should not be able to buy!
Thus we are raising money to conduct our own environmental review assessment, including an in-depth shadow study to push back against their environmental review. And we also want to prepare to challenge their assessment in a court of law, which is the only place that it can be challenged.
This would then require us to not only hire experts to do the environmental assessment, but also hire a law firm to prepare for litigation.
Last year the Brooklyn Botanic Garden had over 900,000 visitors and over 18,000 members! This is one of the most beloved public green spaces in New York City!!! Surely we can protect it! However we have to act fast.
. They plan on having their environmental assessment done by March/April, which would then begin the ULURP process, once it is certified by the Department of City Planning. We need to be able to stop the project before it leaves out of the community hands.
It is our intention to first hire professionals to do the environmental assessment, mainly the shadow study and other areas. Then we plan on doing a Town Hall meeting introduce the community to the law firm that we have chosen to litigate for us and present the shadow study.
We plan on keeping the community involved and we will be asking for participation and support. We understand that to be successful we need several approaches, including political actions.
We are asking for your help in saving our Garden. Please give generously and pass this fundraiser on.
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