Community Board 2’s land use committee voted yesterday by a vote of 7-6 to reject Two Trees’ planned Dock Street DUMBO project. The Brooklyn Paper reports that the denial was based primarily on the height of the project – 183 feet. In a second motion the group recommended that the site be rezoned to allow a 75 foot tall building. The rezoning vote was brought on by the Walentas desire to include housing in the building. A far taller structure, the paper says, could be built without the need for rezoning if DSD where to be re-imagined as a non-residential building or hotel.
Brooklyn Paper: CB2 Panel..: An attorney for the project, former city councilman Ken Fisher, said after the meeting that the committee’s second resolution — the 75-foot height limit — would make the project “completely unfeasible.”
“It is more likely that we would have to consider a commercial property and there would be no school,” Fisher said.
But Jed Walentas said he would consider slightly redesigning the building within the original rezoning proposal before the full board meets next month.
“If the community asked us to make the building a little shorter, we’d be happy to consider it before the application completes the process,” he said.