Planning Commission approves skyscraper for 80 Flatbush Ave. | Massive development envisioned for Sunset Park | East Village tech hub's future may depend on restrictions
August 9, 2018
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Planning Commission approves skyscraper for 80 Flatbush Ave.
Despite rejection from the Brooklyn Community Board 2, a mixed-use project proposed for 80 Flatbush Ave. has been approved by the City Planning Commission. The plans call for the borough's second-tallest skyscraper and 900 apartments, as well as retail and cultural space and two schools.
Curbed (8/7) 
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Massive development envisioned for Sunset Park
DXA Studio has revealed plans for 6205 Eighth Ave. in Brooklyn's Sunset Park that would blanket two blocks and cover up unused railway tracks. The design, which incorporates three midrise towers, appears to provide more than 1 million square feet of new space.
New York YIMBY (8/8) 
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East Village tech hub's future may depend on restrictions
The ultimate fate of rezoning the site at 124 E. 14th St., for the proposed 21-story Union Square technology hub may rest in the hands of City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, who represents the East Village area. A subcommittee has approved the rezoning, but the full council is expected to follow Rivera's vote on the project, which she says is dependent on neighborhood-focused development restrictions that are not currently part of the approved rezoning.
GlobeSt (8/3) 
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Some residents of Manhattan's Inwood neighborhood oppose rezoning
New York City officials want to rezone 59 blocks of Inwood, an area often described as the only remaining affordable neighborhood in Manhattan, as part of a larger rezoning project. Some residents say the rezoning will alter the area's character and undercut affordability, but city officials say their plan provides for the construction or preservation of 4,100 affordable housing units.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/7) 
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Construction industry had 3.4% unemployment in July
The construction industry's 3.4% unemployment rate in July is the lowest monthly number in at least 18 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry added 19,000 jobs last month.
Engineering News-Record (8/3) 
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Innovation & Technology
Investors put $1.3B into construction industry this year
Venture capitalists have invested $1.38 billion into the construction industry in 2018, a figure that already surpasses the $882.3 million in investments construction companies garnered last year. Various market analyses attribute the growth to construction startups' potential and a rise in digital technology that could transform the industry.
Curbed (8/2) 
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Policy Watch
NYC considers passing new hotel permit
New York City is considering passage of a special permit that would be required for hotels being built in manufacturing zones. Analysis by The Real Deal found that construction for typical hotels takes on average about a year longer to complete than other buildings, and this new permit could potentially cause further delays.
The Real Deal online (New York City) (7/31),  Construction Dive (8/7) 
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Senate passes bill to add $1B to BUILD grant program
Senate passes bill to add $1B to BUILD grant program
Collins (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The Senate has passed a bill that would add approximately $1 billion in funding to the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grant program. "If the infrastructure is crumbling, it is very difficult for a business to hire the employees that produce goods and to get those products to markets," said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
Transport Topics (8/2) 
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Opinion: NYC must rethink affordable housing approach
New York City can take steps to overcome its housing crisis by rethinking its market-based zoning strategy that benefits developers and not working-class residents, Francisco Moya writes. He urges the city to address gentrification, expand the Certificate of No Harassment program, include "responsible contractor language" in construction contracts and rework the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing initiative.
Real Estate Weekly (New York City) (7/24) 
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