BHB reader Martinlbrooklyn sends this report:
At 12:15 today, after an extensive hearing of the pros and cons for issuing a preliminary,14-day injunction against St Ann’s Warehouse building a new performance space inside the Tobacco Warehouse shell, Judge Vitaliano, with the agreement of the parties, continued the standstill agreement among the parties for another two weeks, and will decide whether to issue a preliminary injunction within this period.
For St. Ann’s Warehouse, it means no fund raising and no ground testing needed for going ahead with architectural design, at least for the next two weeks.
On the other side are the Brooklyn Heights Association and others who are seeking to restore the Tobacco Warehouse site to public park land. For them the decision means the strong possibility (based on the Judge’s probing questioning of the National Park Service, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corp representatives) that the injunction will be granted.
Once that happens, anyone seeking to remove the property from public park land will be required to go through a stringent “conversion” process. The process is designed to protect park land from being taken away from the public. The consensus is that such de-parking of Federal land has very rarely happened.
We will keep you advised of further developments.