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1160 Flushing Avenue Update 05/12/23

Environmental Impact Statement Drafted for Bushwick Commercial Proposal

Several months ago, developer, Totem Brooklyn, submitted an application proposing a 9-story, commercial development, at 1160 Flushing Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It requests a zoning map amendment, which is required to facilitate the project. Currently navigating the public review process, the application was recently reviewed by the Borough President; receiving favorable support and no opposition. At this time, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being drafted, which will be essential to move the proposal to the next step. Once a Final EIS has been submitted, the application can be sent to the City Planning Commission for further review.

The proposed development plans call for two separate structures; a 9-story rise, and a single-story section, connected by a cellar level. Although this configuration sounds a bit unusual, the buildings would offer square feet of retail space, spanning the entirety of the smaller structure, and the bottom two floors (+ the cellar) of the larger one. The resulting layout would create a little alleyway, lined with shops and complete with public seating.

In addition to retail, the larger building would feature 40,732 square feet of light industrial space (occupying most of the 2nd floor and all of the 3rd), and square feet of leasable office area (spanning floors 3 through 9).

If the requested zoning changes are approved, an existing industrial building would have to be demolished at the site in order to make way for the new development. Now that Totem's application is well into the public review process, final approval could realistically take as little as 3-4 months if all goes smoothly.

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