The court imposed a temporary ban on the construction of two skyscrapers near the Brooklyn Botanic garden

The Supreme court of Brooklyn has announced a temporary ban on the implementation of the project of construction of two 16-storey residential buildings at 40 Crown Street and 931 Carroll Street near Franklin Avenue next to the Botanical garden. Company Cornell Realty Management Carmel Partners and planned to build a 518 apartments, 140 of which were leased at a reduced price. The city Council gave the green light to construction in December, approving a plan layout of the site, despite the heated debate.

However, representatives of local communities, including a group called «Movement for the protection of people» led by Alicia Boyd, defended the view that the project will damage the Brooklyn Botanic garden and damage the plants and people who love to visit it.

Judge Orders Temporary Halt To Controversial Crown Heights Development

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In the end, the court took into account the arguments of activists and issued a temporary restraining order on the grounds that the city planning Department has provided a document on the impact of construction on the environment. This would require the city to evaluate the impact that the project will have on air quality, living conditions and socio-economic status. In the framework of a temporary restraining order the city is forbidden to issue any permits to developers until, until the parties appear before the court.

In parallel, similar arguments are now around has not yet approved the project at 960 Franklin Avenue, consisting of two 39-storey towers, which must build even closer to the Botanical garden. As reported by Gothamist, the representatives of the garden project at 40 Crown Street adhered to a neutral position, stating that it is relatively far and would have a lesser impact on the vegetation than building at 960 Franklin Avenue, against which they are active.