Email Address* Share via Shortlink Message* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink A photo illustration of the original 960 Franklin Avenue proposal with Continuum Company’s Bruce Eichner (iStock, 960 Franklin)A developer who proposed two Crown Heights apartment towers, only to be shot down by the mayor because they would shadow the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, has shrunk the project.The new plan from Bruce Eichner’s Continuum Company, however, proposes far less affordable housing, The City reported.Eichner’s website now pitches a project peaking at 17 stories, which he pits against a 34-story project that Mayor Bill de Blasio recently said would not be approved because it would be out of scale with the neighborhood and deprive the Botanic Garden of crucial sunlight.Read moreDe Blasio’s Crown Heights flip-flop was no Garden-variety reversalIn stunning reversal, de Blasio opposes Eichner’s Crown Heights towersJudge overturns contested Franklin Avenue rezoning But the newly proposed towers, at 960 Franklin Avenue, would come with far less affordable housing. The project first submitted for city review would have 1,578 rental apartments, half of which would be affordable, with 40 percent of the affordable units reserved for households earning half of the area median income.The shortened project would contain 279 affordable rentals, amounting to 25 percent of the 1,170 units. The plan would still require approval from the City Council and mayor.The developer also floated an as-of-right project, meaning it could be built with no political approvals, containing 518 condominiums and no affordable housing. It is not clear if Eichner would use union labor for that development, as he had pledged to do for his 34-story, dual-tower project.Adrian Benepe, the Botanic Garden president and former city parks commissioner, told The City that developers did not consult him on the latest proposal.“That’s been the modus operandi of this developer the entire time,” Benepe said. “They developed a plan in a vacuum without contemplating the impacts not just on the garden but on the entire community.”Project details are often negotiated with the local City Council member, in this case Laurie Cumbo, during the seven-month public review. Cumbo also objected to Eichner’s original proposal.[The City] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Tags Affordable HousingBill de Blasiobrooklynbruce eichner
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Witnesses expected to testify during the July trial include several doctors who examined Donald Sterling and found him unable to perform simple mental tasks such as recalling what season it was and spelling the word “world” backwards.Two doctors contacted by the Daily News declined to comment on any aspect of the case or didn’t return a call. A third doctor who evaluated Sterling’s two exams was out of the country.Donald Sterling’s attorney, Maxwell Blecher, declined comment Wednesday on the expected motion to protect witnesses. Shelly Sterling’s legal team plans to ask a probate judge today for an order to protect witnesses from intimidation by Donald Sterling in her trial aiming to assert her control over the Los Angeles Clippers.Attorney Pierce O’Donnell said in a telephone interview he plans to file the motion with the Los Angeles probate court overseeing the case, but he wouldn’t elaborate on which witnesses may be facing intimidation or in what manner.O’Donnell court filing’s comes weeks before the July 7 trial date, and it marks the latest legal maneuvering in the high-stakes case involving the $2 billion Clippers sale.Shelly Sterling’s team argues Donald Sterling, 80, is mentally incapacitated and has no legal power to fight her sale of the basketball team to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer. Sterling, who co-owns the team with his wife through a family trust, is fighting the sale.