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East New York Development Under Review

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The New York City Planning Commission is looking into developing a 2.4 million-square-foot urban living complex close to the East New York, Brooklyn waterfront. The plan was conceived by architect PAU and developer Innovative Urban Living.

The project proposal includes 13 new buildings ranging in height from 2 stories to 17. The area encompasses 5 lots together along Flatlands, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana Avenues. Due to the location zoning will need to be changed so that a unified, mixed-use development of this size will be compliant with Brooklyn and city regulations.

The residential component of the development includes 2,118 apartments totaling 1.98 million square feet. A majority will be affordable housing so that the project complies with New York’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) program. Some of the 1,825 affordable residences will also be set aside for senior residents.

The second-largest chunk of the development will be parking facilities measuring about 170,000 square feet, or about 1,100 total parking spaces. Shopping makes up about 82,000 square feet, including a new grocery store.
Other amenities will include a daycare center, performing arts center, elementary school, a trade school, and 81,000 square feet of outdoor recreational space. There will also be a shuttle service for residents which will take people to and from the L train on East 105th Street and the 3 train at Pennsylvania Avenue.

A public meeting to discuss the project is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at the Christian Cultural Center at 12020 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn. If the project wins approval construction will begin soon and is expected to last about ten years until completion in 2031.


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