Crown Heights residents fear housing plan would hurt Botanic Garden

Some members of the Crown Heights community are rejecting a plan to build new residential housing in their area.

Cornell Realty wants to change zoning laws for lots it bought on Carroll Street and Franklin Avenue, where it plans to build residential apartments. The change would raise building height limits from 7 stories to 16.

Crown Heights resident Alicia Boyd says the change would literally cast a shadow on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and hurt the prized green space.

"The idea of giving us affordable housing and destroying a major cultural institution is not a tradeoff that we want in this community," she says.

A representative from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden tells News 12 that the garden is asking an independent consultant to review Cornell Realty's environmental impact study, which suggests the project wouldn't have a big impact on the garden.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden says in a statement, "BBG remains committed to protecting the integrity and the aesthetics of the Garden, and will continue to be vigilant in monitoring the impact on BBG of any proposed future development."

Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo says she is listening to those who want her to deny the proposal.

News 12 has reached out to Cornell Realty for comment but has not yet received a response.

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