Not so fast… Brooklyn Bridge Park’s request for proposals to develop a waterfront residential complex along a 9,600sf vacant lot on DUMBO’s John Street—now owned by ConEd and being bought by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corp.—has already met with formidable opposition.
Local politicos and community members are raising concerns about flooding, according to the New York Daily News. The lot and much of the park were submerged under 4 feet of water following Hurricane Sandy. While a 13-story apartment building would be designed with flood protection, including a raised ground level, mechanicals on an upper floor and retail and parking on the ground level, Council Member Steve Levin notes, “We now know what a big bad storm can do to DUMBO, and it ain’t pretty. We need to re-evaluate how we build along the water and this would be a great place to start.”
Brooklyn Bridge Park president Regina Myer disagrees, saying any chosen developer would be mindful of a structure that is protected from flooding: “There’s all sorts of things people have done that have really helped buildings withstand the storm we had a month ago with minimal damage.” (Photo: NY Daily News)