In Surprise Shift, Mayor De Blasio Says He Opposes Controversial Crown Heights Towers

Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to announce his opposition to the development of a controversial residential project in Crown Heights that had sparked fears of gentrification as well as the casting of plant-killing shadows over the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

For more than a year, housing activists as well as Botanic Garden supporters have protested the plan, known as 960 Franklin. Led by high-profile Manhattan developer Bruce Eichner of Continuum Company, the project seeks to build two 39-story residential towers, both rising above 400 feet, near the perimeter of the Botanic Garden.

“We need to ensure that new developments meet public needs and support our communities,” the mayor said in a statement released to Gothamist on Monday afternoon.

Rendering of 960 Franklin Avenue Credit: YIMBY Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to announce his opposition to the development of a controversial residential project in Crown Heights that had sparked fears of gentrification as well as the casting of plant-killing shadows over the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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