City extends deadline for locals’ comments on divisive B’Hill towers

Originally published in Brooklyn Paper on July 17, 2017.

Call it a positive development.

The city extended a deadline for Boerum Hill residents to submit comments on two massive towers planned for their neighborhood after elected officials demanded locals get more time to weigh in.

“Seven working days do not allow enough time for people who were not in attendance on June 28 to thoroughly review the proposal and craft a written response,” said state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (D–Boerum Hill), Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon (D–Downtown), and Councilman Steve Levin (D–Boerum Hill) in a letter to the city pushing for the extension.

The deadline, set last month for July 10, was moved to July 28, giving neighbors a full month to provide thoughts on how the Educational Construction Fund — the education department’s development arm that allows companies to bulldoze old schools and build luxury high-rises in their place as long as the buildings include new classrooms — should conduct a study on how Alloy Development’s 74- and 38-story towers would affect the nabe.

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