Stand with Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Opposing Zoning Changes.
Mar 25, 2019 brooklyn,Brooklyn Botanic Gardens,brooklyn gardends,brooklyn politics,community petition,petition,proposed zoning,rezoning
Does the sound of allowing 39 story buildings to cast a shadow over Brooklyn Botanic Garden appalling? Many Brooklyn residents definitely think so does the Brooklyn Botanic Garden organization. A new proposed zoning change could make this a reality and for community members who oppose it. The BBG has posted a petition. Read more below!
A proposed high-rise development at 960 Franklin Avenue (the spice factory site) would block sunlight and harm BBG’s unparalleled plant collections.
Real estate developers have filed plans to build a massive complex including two 39-story towers very close to Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Current zoning laws protect the Garden’s access to sunlight by capping building height at this location at 75 feet (approximately seven stories); the plans submitted describe buildings over six times this limit.
The developers are seeking to rezone multiple lots at the site. These changes to zoning will have a lasting negative impact on Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s conservatories, greenhouses, and nurseries—where plants for the entire Garden are propagated and grown—by causing the loss of as much as three hours of sunlight daily in spring, summer, and fall. The current zoning must remain in place to protect the Botanic Garden. Join us in signing a petition to city officials to oppose this rezoning and to protect the integrity and the beauty of the Garden!