Members of the Brooklyn Heights Association received this dispatch moments ago regarding the organizations opposition to Two Trees’ Dock Street DUMBO project:
Dear BHA Member:
By now most of you know that the Dock Street Project is a contentious issue about the impact of an out of scale development proposed for a site in DUMBO that is too close to the Brooklyn Bridge. The site currently houses the St. Ann’s Warehouse and is located in the low-rise section of DUMBO, where everything around it is 4 stories or lower. It is here that Two Trees Management Co. is proposing to rezone the block in order to construct a 200-foot residential tower.
The developer is offering to include space on one floor out of 18 floors for a middle school in the building, knowing that a school is something that is desperately needed, and hoping it’s enough to win support for this otherwise unacceptable building.
If we are not careful to keep the need for a school separate from our experience of the Brooklyn Bridge, the community risks being torn between preservationists and parents over this project. We can separate the two issues because we know there are other opportunities to develop a school without forever compromising our experience of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The BHA’s position is that any building in proximity to the Bridge must be at a height below the roadway, and we recommend a zoning that limits building heights to 80 feet.
Moving forward with this position, we need your help.
1) Please come to Borough President Marty Markowitz’s public hearing on the Dock Street project, Tuesday, January 27, at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, from 4 PM – 9 PM. There is no requirement to stay the whole time. We need a crowd to be there, and we hope for many speakers who will stand up for the Brooklyn Bridge.
2) If you cannot get to the hearing, you can send Marty a message. Attached is a suggested letter. Please use it to add your own thoughts in an email to Marty.
3) Also, send an email to Councilman David Yassky expressing your opposition to this project, and asking him to vote against it when the City Council reviews the proposal. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Be sure to cc the BHA in your correspondence to Marty and David. THANK YOU.
Judy and Tom