BBP: Money Pit, No Water Sports

The NY Post reports today that Brooklyn Bridge Park is a "money pit" now "in danger" needing to scrap plans for waterfront activities:

NY Post: B'Klyn Row..: The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it has serious concerns over how the park's planners intend to calm East River waters along the piers of the 85-acre site for water sports and a fancy marina for yachts, motorboats and sailboats.

And with DEC unwilling to issue a permit for a plan it thinks could harm marine life, an Empire State Development Corp. subsidiary overseeing the park plan is once again being asked to make changes to a long-delayed project that's been in the works for more than two decades.

Previous delays and rising construction costs are already expected to put the project at nearly double its $150 million budget. Excluding a new redesign, city Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe estimates the price tag is "close to $300 million." [Full story]

BBPC President Mariana Koval tells the paper that she's confident that a deal will be worked out to allow for kayaking and all the other water sports the park plan promises.

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  • nabeguy

    This whole plan has had boondoggle written all over it, so this should come as no surpise now that the money’s dried up.

  • Borough Gal

    Why on earth do you ever quote Koval? She is the last person who wants a park. Didn’t you guys see that the new Chairman of the Conservancy is a real estate developer? Listen to the people, will ya? They want a park not a condo development. Shame on you!

  • Woodstein

    @boroughgal: Why are you yelling at Homer? He’s just quoting a New York Post story. Jeez.