Mayor to Announce Opposition to 960 Franklin Avenue

Statement from MAS President Elizabeth Goldstein

December 21, 2020

On December 21, Gothamist reported that Mayor Bill de Blasio is poised to announce his opposition to the controversial project at 960 Franklin Avenue. For more background on the project and its potential impact on light and air in Crown Heights, see MAS’s recent explainer article, LSDs: Better Site Planning or a Bad Trip?, and our Fight for Light campaign.

MAS President Elizabeth Goldstein issued the following statement:

“Tonight, on the shortest day of the longest year in recent memory, reason prevailed in the debate over 960 Franklin Avenue. Since 2019, MAS has mapped and monitored public spaces threatened by shadows from private development; few developments mounted a greater risk to public space than this project. From the neighborhood gem of Jackie Robinson Playground to the world-renowned Brooklyn Botanic Garden, this development posed an undue, unreasonable risk to light and air in the public realm in an already underserved area. We applaud Mayor de Blasio for tonight’s announcement, as well as the community who fought the good fight—and won.”

  • Conservatory at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with proposed super-tall buildings at 960 Franklin Avenue in background
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  • Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with proposed super-tall buildings at 960 Franklin Avenue in background
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