Rezoning approved for Dyker Heights and Ft.Hamilton

Community’s concerns over out-of-character development spurred down-zoning. Dyker Heights/Ft. Hamilton Rezoning: Proposed Zoning & Locator Map of Rezoning Area used with permission of the New York City Department of City Planning. All rights reserved.

Residents sought to end the replacement of single-family homes with large out-of-character apartment buildings. On July 25, 2007, the City Council unanimously approved the rezoning of 159 blocks of the Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Located at the … <Read More>

To attorney Paul Selver, the Market Matters Most

When asked to recall projects throughout his 35-year career, land use attorney Paul Selver’s discussion becomes a vivid narrative of how the economy translates into New York City’s physical changes. Selver sees 1977 as the point when developers started looking ahead for the first time; the 1981 to 1988 development boom coincided with the economy’s exuberance and ended with the stock market crash. To Selver, his current projects, like a six-block rezoning in Coney Island, … <Read More>

Challenge to use variance moves forward

Neighborhood coalition challenged variance to developer of site adjacent to Brooklyn Cruise Ship Terminal. In late 2003, when 160 Imlay Street LLC received a use variance to convert a six-story industrial building in Red Hook, Brooklyn into a luxury condominium, the Red Hook-Gowanus Chamber of Commerce filed an article 78 petition challenging the variance. The Chamber, however, named only BSA in its petition and as a result the petition has been appealed all the way … <Read More>

Condo dispute goes back to trial court

Developer sought to build controversial waterfront luxury condos in Brooklyn. In 2003, BSA granted 160 Imlay Street LLC a use variance to convert a six-story industrial building in Red Hook, Brooklyn into 150 luxury condominiums. The Red Hook-Gowanus Chamber of Commerce sued within the 30-day statute of limitations, but named as defendants only the City and BSA. With the limitations period passed, the City moved to dismiss the petition, arguing that the Chamber failed to … <Read More>

Complaint dismissed for failure to join owner

Controversial luxury condos to proceed adjacent to new Brooklyn Cruise Ship Terminal. In 2002, 160 Imlay Street LLC applied to BSA for a use variance to allow the conversion of a vacant six-story industrial building and the addition of three stories for a proposed luxury condominium building in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. The proposed site, a 61,546-square-foot, manufacturing- zoned lot located at 160 Imlay Street, is adjacent to the new Brooklyn Cruise Ship … <Read More>

Artists ok’ed to convert manufacturing building

4-story building to be converted to 2 dwellings. Four artists sought to convert a four-story industrial building into two dwelling units in an M1-2 zoning district in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Located at 469 Carroll Street between Nevins and Third Avenue, the building is separated from the established residential district in Carroll Gardens by the Gowanus Canal and sits slightly west of Park Slope’s residential core. Until 2003, a manufacturer of machine components had occupied the … <Read More>