Following Wednesday night’s public hearing, Community Board 2’s youth, culture and education committee voted last night 9-0 to support inclusion of a middle school in the Walentas Dock Street DUMBO project.
CB2’s land use committee will vote on the entire project tomorrow morning (12/20) at 10:00 a.m. in the Callahan Center, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street (Clinton and Court streets). In a press release CB2 states that, “the committee meeting is not a continuation of the public hearing or other public forum. The meeting is open to the public pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law, but is being held so the Land Use Committee may discuss and make a recommendation on the “Dock Street DUMBO” development project.”
The Brooklyn Paper reports on last night’s vote:
Brooklyn Paper: Dock Street…: Before the committee’s vote on Thursday night, chair Lenny Singletary expressed apprehension about the school’s proximity to the proposed building’s three-story, 465-car garage.
“I do have health concerns about the school sitting on top of a three-story parking lot and those fumes, plus the exhaust that comes from its proximity to the Brooklyn Bridge,” he said.
But committee member Tamara McCaw noted that the committee has been calling for a middle school for years.
“One thing we push for all the time is for a new school, so when an opportunity comes along I feel like we need to support it,” she said.