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Lawsuit inches forward against Franklin Avenue rezoning near Brooklyn Botanic

A Brooklyn judge is taking it one step at a time in a legal challenge to Crown Heights developments that activists say would cast harmful shadows on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Reginald Boddie focused on a single procedural issue at a Friday hearing in the lawsuit against rezoning for high-rise apartment construction at 931 Carroll St. and 40 Crown St. Boddie heard arguments solely on whether the Article 78 case should be dismissed because of the manner in which the suit was served on defendant — or respondent, as it’s called in this type of suit — Cornell Realty Management. (An Article 78 proceeding refers to the fact that government entities…