Community Board 2 (CB2) has scheduled a public hearing on applications filed with the Department of City Planning by 550 Clinton Partners LLC and 539 Vanderbilt Partners LLC.

The applications seek approvals to facilitate the development of two new mixed-use buildings, one four-stories in height and the other 29-stories, with ground floor retail, offices on the second floor and approximately 286 apartments at the southeast corner of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Community District 2. The project will also facilitate the restoration of the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, 520 Clinton Avenue.
View the presentation made to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on January 9, 2018 for a detailed description of the restoration plan and the proposed building (PDF)
Read, “29-Story Residential Tower Planned for 550 Clinton Avenue,” on Bklyner



Image courtesy of Morris Adjmi Architects


The hearing will be held as follows:

          Date: Wednesday; October 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
          NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Dibner Building,
5 Metrotech Center (on the north side of the Metrotech Commons)

Brooklyn, New York

Community Board 2 is holding this hearing to provide the public with the opportunity to comment on the applications described below. Notice of this public hearing will be publicized in The City Record. Community Board 2 will send this notice to the local and citywide press and addressees on the board’s distribution lists. Groups and individuals representing all segments of the community are encouraged to participate.

Groups and individuals who are unable to attend the public hearing, or for any reason would like to submit written testimony, are encouraged to submit statements in writing by Friday, October 12, 2018 via email, facsimile or mail to the following:

Facsimile: 718-852-1461
Community Board 2
350 Jay Street, 8th Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11201

The public hearing will be followed immediately by the monthly meeting of the CB2 Land Use Committee, which may make a recommendation on the applications. The full agenda for the committee meeting will be distributed next week.


“809 Atlantic Avenue Rezoning”

C 190071 ZMK, C 190072 ZSK, C 190073 ZSK and N 190074 ZRK



Photo-rendering courtesy of Morris Adjmi Architects


Narrative Description

Most development in New York City occurs “as-of-right.” That is to say, if the Department of Buildings is satisfied that submitted plans meet all relevant provisions of the Zoning Resolution and the Building Code, a building permit is issued and construction may begin. However, some land uses or construction cannot proceed without discretionary approval.

Since June 1, 1976, certain land use applications have been subject to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP (pronounced yoo-lûrp). As the name implies, the intent of ULURP is to establish a standard procedure and timetable for public review, which begins with the local community board.
Download a comprehensive one-pager on ULURP (PDF)
Learn more about ULURP

“809 Atlantic Avenue Rezoning”

The “809 Atlantic Avenue Rezoning” consists of four discretionary approvals; a proposed change to the zoning map, two special permits and designation in the Zoning Resolution of a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Area, regulations written to create affordable housing.

The project also includes legal agreements that are independent of the discretionary approvals, most notably the proposed merger of several lots into a single zoning lot that includes the project development site, the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew and properties located between the development site and the church (see plan at top).

C 190071 ZMK

Application C 190071 ZMK seeks approval to change the zoning designation for an L-shaped parcel on Atlantic Avenue, between Vanderbilt and Clinton avenues. The existing and proposed boundaries do not correspond exactly, so the zoning map change is not simple. However, as a generalization, the application seeks to change the R6A and R7A residential districts and C2-4 commercial overlay mapped in the 2007 Fort Greene / Clinton Hill Rezoning to a R9/C2-5 district.
Read more about C6 districts
Read more about C7 districts
Read a report on the Fort Greene / Clinton Hill Rezoning (PDF)

The existing R6A and R7A residential districts allow a maximum floor area ratio (or FAR, a multiplier of the lot size) from between 3.0 and 4.6. The proposed R9 district would allow residential uses to an FAR of 8.0 for tower-on-a-base construction with inclusionary housing. According to the Department of City Planning’s Zoning Handbook, “…most R9 height factor buildings are developed pursuant to the tower rules, which are applicable only in the city’s higher-density areas….”
Read more about C9 districts

C 190072 ZSK

Section 74-711 of the Zoning Resolution authorizes the City Planning Commission to permit the modification of use and bulk regulations (except for floor area ratio) for landmarks or buildings within historic districts designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) if certain conditions are met. LPC has approved a program for the continuing maintenance of the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, 520 Clinton Avenue, on March 13, 2018.

Application C 190072 ZSK seeks a special permit to modify the regulations for zoning lots divided by district boundaries, lot coverage regulations, rear yard regulations, tower-on-a-base regulations, inner court regulations, inner recess regulations and regulations for the minimum distance between legally required windows and the lot line at the building proposed for the development site. The waivers pursuant to Section 74-711 are applicable to the development site through the zoning lot merger with the church.
Download Article VII, Chapter 4 (PDF)

C 190073 ZSK

Section 74-533 of the Zoning Resolution authorizes the City Planning Commission to waive or reduce the number of accessory parking spaces in a development if the site is within the transit zone defined in Appendix I of the Zoning Resolution and at least 20 percent of the dwelling units are income restricted. Application C 190073 ZSK seeks a special permit to waive the parking requirement.
Download Article VII, Chapter 4 (PDF)
Download Appendix I (PDF)

N 190074 ZRK

Application N 190074 ZRK seeks to amend the Zoning Resolution, Appendix F, to designate the rezoning area as a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) Area. According to the project description submitted, applicant proposes that 30 percent of the residential floor area generated by the rezoning of the development site be affordable to households with incomes averaging 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), “Option 2” as set forth in the MIH regulations.
Access a chart that shows the current AMI for each family size