BBP Hotel & Residential Complex To Be Raised 3 Feet To Protect Against Flooding

Developers overseeing the planned hotel and residential complex near Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 close to Old Fulton Street want to raise both buildings by at least 3 feet to avoid potential flood damage from a future Hurricane Sandy, which devastated much of the surrounding DUMBO neighborhood.

The development, which comprises a mixed use 159-apartment building and 200-room hotel, was supposed to break ground in February, but is now on hold until developers Toll Brothers and Starwood complete a redesign.

According to The New York Post, David Von Spreckelsen, a senior VP at developer Toll Brothers, says the 159-apartment, 200-room hotel project—which would raise a $3.3 million chunk of the park’s $16 million annual maintenance budget—will now include additional steps and ramps leading to the main lobby and more masonry to ensure the building is above the site’s flood plain set by the feds.

Mechanical systems normally in basements would be moved to the roof, while the basement will be used primarily for parking. Von Spreckelsen says, “We want to make our building a structure that can survive any kind of storm.”

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  • Doublebara

    There is a STRICT height limit for this development. The architects will have to find the three feet in a redesign. They can’t just raise the height.

  • Wiley E.

    Rules are meaningless to these folks.

  • Andrew Porter

    As I posted on Brownstoner, the BBP was designed to be 9 feet above mean high tide. However, the storm surge during Sandy was up to 13 feet, which is why there was such extensive flooding of the lake and stream and other portions of Pier 1, and the other parts of BBP.

    And I too am concerned about the view plane from the Promenade. Coupled with the knowledge that every year, sea levels creep up by small amounts…

  • David on Middagh

    “Mechanical systems normally in basements would be moved to the roof,”

    Remember when the roof was going to be a green carpet of green greenness?

    I don’t know. Doesn’t anyone else think this parkside hotel is madness? The lowlands were industrial, and the nice hotels (Bossert, St. George, Margaret) were built on the hill. Putting fancy construction by the water has always been a no-no.