Desert Pavilion in the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Joseph O. Holmes. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
A proposed high-rise development at 960 Franklin Avenue (the spice factory site) would block sunlight and harm Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s unparalleled plant collections.
Real estate developers have filed plans to build a massive complex including two 39-story towers very close to Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Current zoning laws protect the Garden's access to sunlight by capping building height at this location at 75 feet (approximately seven stories); the plans submitted describe buildings over six times this limit.
The developers are seeking to rezone multiple lots at the site. These changes to zoning will have a lasting negative impact on Brooklyn Botanic Garden's conservatories, greenhouses, and nurseries—where plants for the entire Garden are propagated and grown—by causing the loss of as much as three hours of sunlight daily in spring, summer, and fall. The current zoning must remain in place to protect the Botanic Garden. Join us in signing a petition to city officials to oppose this rezoning and to protect the integrity and the beauty of the Garden!