Last July, we reported that the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal had turned down the application of Pinnacle Group, Inc. landlord of the historic Riverside Apartments on Columbia Place, to build an underground parking garage between the apartment buildings and the BQE. Construction of this garage would require removal of mature trees that shade the courtyard and shield the west-facing apartments from noise and pollution from the BQE. Pinnacle filed a petition for administrative review of the initial DHCR ruling, but last week Leslie Torres, Deputy Commissioner of the DHRC, issued an order and opinion denying Pinnacle’s petition.
Pinnacle still may further appeal this decision, but the residents of Riverside are grateful to have reached this stage. In particular, they thank the Brooklyn Heights Association for its support, especially for enlisting renowned Brooklyn architectural historian Francis Morrone to write a paper in support of the tenants’ position.