The Tobacco Warehouse, that picturesque, roofless shell of a 19th century structure that stands on the west side of Water Street, near the Dock Street intersection, in DUMBO, has become the latest point of contention in the battle over whether the costs of operating and maintaining Brooklyn Bridge Park should be defrayed in part by revenues from residential buildings and a hotel to be built on a portion of the Park’s footprint. Some opponents of housing in the Park hope that revenues generated from commercial use of an adaptively renovated Tobacco Warehouse could produce enough revenue to at least offset the need for some of the housing.
Brooklyn Paper: Last month, state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights), Assemblywoman Joan Millman (D–Boerum Hill), Borough President Markowitz and others demanded that Regina Myer, the president of the [Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation], reveal the names of companies seeking the Tobacco Warehouse renovation contract.
But Myer, who had promised transparency in the bidding process, declined to cough up the bids, worrying some locals that the Tobacco Warehouse project will fail to generate enough revenue for the park’s annual maintenance budget to allow park developers to abandon their plan to include housing inside the sprawling park.
Others, however, oppose redevelopment of the Tobacco Warehouse, contending that it should be preserved in its present condition, to be used as an outdoor recreation space.