Broadway Junction, the bustling but sadly underused area surrounding the Broadway Junction subway station, may need to prepare for a big change. The area, which sits between several neighborhoods including East New York, Bed-Stuy and Brownsville, has become the center of a private developer’s new vision for East Brooklyn.— BK reader
During a virtual town hall held on March 22, Totem Group, a Brooklyn-based real estate development company, shared preliminary plans to construct a large mixed-use building next to the busy train station complex. Totem’s proposal calls for the construction of four high-rise towers, two of which include housing, one offering 400 senior housing units and the other offering another 200 units. In addition, the development would include 1.1 million square feet of retail and commercial space and the removal of a one-block stretch of Herkimer Street that runs through the proposed space.
While development planning is still in its infancy, with Totem having only submitted a pre-implementation statement for the plan, elected officials and community activists have already begun to voice their concerns. In an area that has fallen into disrepair and decay, individuals such as council member Sandy Nurse, who represents the neighborhoods surrounding Broadway Junction, believe development should go through the city rather than a private developer and include the community in the planning process.
Even with Totem promising the availability of 100% affordable housing in two of its towers, local housing activists believe the development will set a bad precedent and negatively impact residents by increasing population density and increasing property values. properties. Totem is now awaiting its application to enter public review, in which the proposal will then go through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).