Thursday, July 27, 2017


Public Hearing on Variance for High School on Minna Street
Tuesday August 8th, 1:00 p.m.

A variance application for a proposed high school for boys, to be built at 182 Minna Street, was presented to Community Board 12 in June 2015. The board, which serves in an advisory capacity only, rejected it. The next step in the process is now at hand: a public hearing by the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA).

The owner of the property, Yeshiva Machzikei Hadas, can, under the existing R-5 zoning, build a school that's three stories high. However, its variance application, if approved, would permit it to build a six-story school on a street whose structures are all one- or two-story houses. The school would replace a one-story house. 

Councilmember Brad Lander and Assemblymember Robert Carroll are opposed to permitting the variance because the building would be out-of-scale for this small residential street.

The BSA will hold the initial public hearing on the application on Tuesday, August 8th. The application is the first case on the BSA's zoning calendar for the afternoon session, which starts at 1:00 p.m. Councilmember Lander will testify against the variance at the hearing.

At least two additional BSA hearings will be held on the variance application.

People who want to either object or consent to the application but aren't able to get to the hearing can fill out a form provided by the BSA (Form for Objection or Consent). Next to Address, write 182 Minna Street, Brooklyn. Next to Applicant, write Law office of Jay Goldstein.

The form does NOT need to be notarized. E-mail the completed form to submit @, using the subject line: 87-15-BZ.

Blank forms will be available at the Minna Street block party this Saturday, July 29th.

Hearing location
Spector Hall
22 Reade Street
between Broadway and Elk Street