In Rare Move, City Backs Off Two Controversial Rezonings That Would Block Botanic Garden Sun

A Kings County Supreme Court Judge struck down the 2018 Franklin Avenue rezoning on Monday, after a years-long court battle waged by neighborhood activists. The same day, Mayor de Blasio effectively killed the controversial rezoning of the nearby Spice Factory at 960 Franklin Avenue.

The legal ruling, issued by Judge Reginald Boddie, reverses the certification of the 2018 rezoning, which would have allowed for two 16-story developments at 40 Crown Street and 931 Carroll Street and Franklin Avenue near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

In a 27-page ruling, Boddie agreed with neighborhood activists’ assertions that the Department of City Planning did not conduct a thorough enough environmental review process when certifying the rezoning.

The 2018 rezoning at 40 Crown Street. Rendering via NYC Department of City Planning A Kings County Supreme Court Judge struck down the 2018 Franklin Avenue rezoning on Monday, after a years-long court battle waged by neighborhood activists. The same day, Mayor de Blasio effectively killed the controversial rezoning […]

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