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Talk about telling tall tales!

The landlord of a proposed seven-story schoolhouse in Clinton Hill kept neighbors in the dark about its construction plans — then won the local community board’s support by saying residents knew all about it, claimed disgruntled locals while confronting the property-owner at the panel’s land-use committee meeting on Wednesday.

“Y’all went in front of the public body and said you had spoken to us and had not,” said resident Tracie McMillan, one of several who showed up to register their disapproval. “To stand in front of a public body and lie, that’s really messed up.”

Community Board 2’s land-use committee last month approved Unity Preparatory Charter School’s request to erect the new 400-kid institution on a parking lot at 32 Lexington Ave. between Grand and Classon avenues, after land-owner and housing advocacy group Impacct Brooklyn told the board — amongst other things — that neighbors were in the know.

But after catching wind, the denizens came to the community board with their claims of ignorance just in the nick of time to stop it endorsing the lofty learning facility at its general meeting on March 9, according to the panel’s lead staffer.

“One of the tenants took the chairperson aside just before the meeting and said, ‘We knew nothing about that … please don’t vote on this tonight,’ ” said district manager Rob Perris.

The proposed schoolhouse requires several zoning exemptions, partially because Impacct has already used the lot’s development rights to build low-income housing at 15 Quincy St. next door — which, ironically enough — is where the bulk of the irate neighbors live.

When Impacct’s head honcho appeared before the land-use committee in February, she described a November meeting with 15 Quincy’s tenants’ association, where a rep notified the inhabitants that the school was a possibility.

And she wasn’t lying, according to Perris — meeting minutes compiled by the tenants’ association show a potential new school was discussed.

But the project wasn’t set in stone and the rep promised to follow up before seeking out the community board’s endorsement — and that never happened, residents say.

“He said he would maintain contact with us and he did not,” said resident David Moore.

Impacct’s boss acknowledges the lack of follow-through, but blamed the blunder on staffing changes — the rep who attended the tenant meeting went on paternity leave shortly afterwards, and she didn’t take over the organization until December.

“I have no doubt that if this transition were not taking place there would have been additional follow up,” said executive director Bernell Grier, who took over the reins in December.

Still, the neighbors say they aren’t just bothered by the lack of consultation — they’re also concerned about the height and bulk of the new school, which would add to several new luxury apartment high-rises already towering over the area.

“The issue is with the density of what that kind of building will bring to our neighborho­od,” said Classon Street resident Nichole Thompson-Adams.

The land-use committee on Wednesday tabled the matter for a meeting in April, giving Impacct and the school’s developer an opportunity to fill neighbors in on the details of the project — a meeting expected to take place sometime next week.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 12:05 pm, March 17, 2017
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Reasonable discourse

Mom from Clinton Hill says:
Probably not the first time Impacct has lied.
March 17, 10:39 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Not impressed by Robert Perris either.
March 18, 10:59 am
Robert Perris says:
Joey, what's wrong? Give me a call. I hope we can work it out.
March 18, 11:54 am
David Moore from Clinton Hill says:
Thanks for covering this story, Colin.
March 20, 2:39 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Charter school owners pretty much have a history of not listening to the public anyway, and they most likely get their way by having friends in high places.
March 20, 5 pm
CLEXY from Clinton Hill says:
GET YOUR VOICE HEARD
PUBLIC HEARING
TUESDAY, APRIL 18TH, 6pm

COMMUNITY BOARD 2 IS HOLDING THIS HEARING TO PROVIDE THE PUBLIC YOUR ONE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED APPLICATION OF A 101 FOOT TALL (OVER DOUBLE WHAT IS ALLOWED!) MEGA BUILDING ON LEXINGTON AVENUE.

GET YOUR VOICE HEARD - PRESERVE YOUR NEIGHBOORHOOD FROM OVER BUILDING. IT’S ABOUT:
• QUALITY OF LIFE • PROPER LIGHT AND AIR FOR ADJACENT BUILDINGS • INCREASED CAR AND TRUCK TRAFFIC ON A DEAD END BLOCK • LOSS OF PARKING • KEEPING THE ESSENTIAL CHARACTER OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD
April 17, 2:24 pm
CLEXY from Clinton Hill says:
Where: National Grid/ MetroTech Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Jay Street entrance/ 1 MetroTech Center/ Brooklyn, NY 11201
April 17, 2:24 pm
Roxanne from Fort Greene says:
PACC by any other name is still just as creepy. They probably changed their name for teasons having to do with the obligations of their deed, like the developer who changed deed on the nursing facility on Rivington St so it could become luxury housing. Impacct doesn't care about the tenants at 15 Quincy. They care about scoring on their hot property.
April 19, 8:10 pm
Bob W from Clinton Hill says:
I'm sure that you would want your readers to have the whole truth about the development. To be sure your readers have the whole truth, please look into who the real owner of the property is. This is easily searchable on the Office of City Register website. a836-acris.nyc.gov/…/Index
April 20, 12:14 pm
Bob W from Clinton Hill says:
If you look on the Department of Buildings Website and view the application for the Low Income Housing building previously built and the proposed building, both owners are listed as Quincy Street Owners, LLC, the real owner (DONALD CAPOCCIA, & Justin Stern).

a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/…/=321454065&passdocnumber=01

The Board Of Standards and Appeals application has been filed by a company called Classon Avenue Housing Development Funding Company, Inc.
April 20, 12:14 pm
Bob W from Clinton Hill says:
Department of Buildings Application
Quincy Street Owners, LLC - Owner

http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?requestid=2&passjobnumber=321454065&passdocnumber=01
April 20, 12:16 pm
Bob W from Clinton Hill says:
Here is a link to the agreement that Classon Avenue Housing Development Funding Company (front company) has with Quincy Street Owners, LLC, the real owner of the site. This agreement details that Quincy Street Owners, LLC is the “owner” and retains all of the equitable and benefcial ownership interest in the Property.

https://a836-acris.nyc.gov/DS/DocumentSearch/DocumentImageView?doc_id=2006072000629002
April 20, 12:16 pm
Bob W from Clinton Hill says:
New York City Department of Finance City Register- Property Owner

https://a836-acris.nyc.gov/DS/DocumentSearch/BBLResult?max_rows=99
April 20, 12:18 pm

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