BROOKLYN HEIGHTS LOOPHOLE
By RICH CALDER, NY Post
"Two Trees" is growing in Brooklyn, thanks to a legal loophole that has historic-district residents scared of the shadows.
Father-and-son developers David and Jed Walentas, of Two Trees Management, are seeking city approval to build a 60-foot, 37-unit luxury rental building on Atlantic Avenue off Court Street in Cobble Hill that would exceed that historic district's 50-foot height limit.
They are taking advantage of a little-known regulation that lets property owners in a historic district exceed height limits if they can show that doing so would enhance the neighborhood.
The developers got the green light from the Planning Commission last month after arguing the project would help preserve a landmarked bank building next door.
The City Council will vote on the plan later this month.
Photo of Jed Walentas from isttd.org