Borough President Marty Markowitz has filed his letter of support for the contentious Dock Street residential project in DUMBO, following a public hearing he held on Jan. 28.
We will have a copy of Marty’s letter for you soon, but in the meantime, the New York Times City Room blog writes:
[Markowitz] suggested that the developer, Two Trees Management Company, make the tower taller — 25 stories instead of 18 — and more slender. He also asked the developer to move the building, which is bordered by Dock, Front and Water Streets, about 70 feet farther away from Front Street. He also urged that the developer cut two stories off a nine-story wing of the building along Water Street. Those measures, Mr. Markowitz asserted, will protect views of the bridge.
Jed Walentas, a principal in Two Trees Management, said that he needed more time to review Mr. Markowitz’s suggestions and figure out how with his team how to incorporate them into the overall design. But he was very pleased to receive Mr. Markowitz’s support.
Markowitz’s suggestions are only advisory, and now the project goes before the City Planning department for its next step in the seven-month public review process.
On Jan. 15, Community Board 2 approved the project with a 30-7 vote. But the BHB Community voted against the project earlier this month, with more than half the respondents of a poll saying to stop the project. One third said, “build it.”
Markowitz rejected the Walentas’ first plan, charging that it was out of context with its surroundings. Two Trees went back to the drawing board, and came back last year with a version that was set back further from the Brooklyn Bridge and also included the contentious middle school.
Update: Statement from Two Trees:
“We are pleased that the Brooklyn Borough President is supportive of the Dock Street DUMBO rezoning, and will carefully consider his comments. It is wonderful that Borough President Markowitz has added his voice to the chorus of support for the Dock Street DUMBO proposal which includes the overwhelmingly favorable vote of Community Board #2, strong support from Council Member Letitia James as well as other elected officials; hundreds of local residents and business owners; and the parents of Brooklyn who want to see a middle school at this site. We look forward to presenting Dock Street DUMBO to the City Planning Commission and to the New York City Council.”
Update: Slight correction, from Markowitz’s spokeswoman Laura Sinagra:
“He is not supporting the project. He supports the usage — changing the usage from manufacturing to residential and parking, but he rejects the current configuration of the building and has recommendations for reconfiguration.”