Park Service Approves Transfer of Tobacco Warehouse to St. Ann’s, but BHA Vows to Continue Fight

The National Park Service, having been told by the U.S. Justice Department to review its earlier decision to “de-park” the area occupied by the 19th century Tobacco Warehouse in the Fulton Ferry Historic District, has now reaffirmed its approval of the move.

Gothamist: The National Park Service has endorsed the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s plan to transfer the Civil War-era Brooklyn Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO to performing arts presenter St. Ann’s Warehouse, which currently produces some of the best theater in NYC in a big space across the street. You’ll recall that in January, the Brooklyn Heights Association filed a lawsuit to stop the transfer, arguing that the National Park Service (NPS) had illegally removed the Tobacco Warehouse from the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park’s map “so that it could be given to a private organization for free and for its sole and permanent use.” After reviewing the records, the National Park Service (NPS) said yesterday that the plan could proceed.

The Gothamist story quotes Brooklyn Heights Association president Jane McGroarty as saying the BHA will continue “vigorously” pursuing litigation to undo what she characterized as “back room deals” resulting from “political pressure from City Hall.”

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