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Groups File Suit Against Developers Of High Rise In Prospect Lefferts Gardens

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Community groups in Brooklyn have filed a lawsuit against the developers of a luxury high rise in their neighborhood.

Residents of Prospect Lefferts Gardens say that a planned 23-story apartment building doesn't fit into their low-rise neighborhood.

They say they're afraid that current residents will be priced out of what they say is an historic and mixed-income community.

The development already has permits, but the lawsuit contends that the go ahead was given before an important state requirement was met.

"The Housing Finance Authority approved $72 million in public funds to help construct this 23-story tower," said Attorney David Bassett. "Before it approved those funds, the HFA was obligated to do a thorough and appropriate review of the potential environmental impact of this building. The HFA failed to do that."

"They seem to be thinking about their pocketbooks and money and not about people," said Brenda Edwards of the Prospect Park East Network.

The developer said that all its plans are in line with city zoning laws and that 20 percent of the building will be set aside for affordable housing.

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