The Brooklyn Eagle dedicates an entire story to one letter written to the Brooklyn Heights Press protesting the Brooklyn Heights Association’s (along with the Fulton Ferry Landing Association and the New York Landmarks Conservancy), lawsuit against the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOP) and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation for removing the Tobacco Warehouse from federally protected park land.
The letter, from Bo Rodgers, rails against the BHA and says that he’s “entirely sympathetic” with the three high profile BHA members who recently took their ball and went home over their disapproval of the litigation.
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Brooklyn Eagle: “[The St. Ann’s Warehouse plan] is a great opportunity,” Rodgers said. “That’s what I fear, that if they (the BHA) blow this opportunity, there won’t be an opportunity this good to come along again.”
The National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior found the removal of the warehouse from the planned 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park was proper, it was announced Monday.
“Purists are getting 75 percent of what they want, and on the other hand, a huge plus!” Rodgers said, referring to the theater. “I’m just looking at facts and where circumstances are today, and if you throw it all into the pot, this is a wonderful, wonderful use of that space.”
As we’ve previously reported, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation has conditionally approved the plan by St. Ann’s Warehouse to develop the space inside the shell of the Tobacco Warehouse as a new home for its performance facility. This week, the National Parks Service reaffirmed its approval of the plan.
The conversation on BHB about this issue has been lively and certainly more diverse than one man’s letter to a neighborhood newspaper. Do you agree with Mr. Rodgers?