Save The View Now, organized by Steven Guterman (at center in photo) and other Brooklyn Heights residents, as well as non-residents who enjoy views from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and other locations, has filed suit on April 21 in New York State Supreme Court, Kings County, against Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation and various government entities, including the City of New York, along with Toll Brothers Real Estate, Inc. and Starwood Mortgage Capital LLC, developers of the Pierhouse, the combined hotel and residential condominium structure under construction in the uplands of Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the northern end of the Promenade. STVN’s complaint alleges that the defendants have violated restrictions, contained in the Park’s Modified General Project Plan and in the Final Environmental Impact Statement, on the height and length of any structures built on the site, which restrictions were intended to protect and enhance views from the Promenade, the Fruit Street Sitting Area, and Middagh Street.
The relief sought includes declarations that various aspects of the Pierhouse structure are in violation of the restrictions set forth in the Modified GPP and the FEIS, and judgment ordering the removal of any portions of the structure that are in violation thereof.
At a hearing yesterday, the court issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting construction of a penthouse atop the building on Parcel B, the southern portion of the Pierhouse, which would violate the 55 foot height limit for Parcel B. The TRO will remain in effect until further proceedings, which are scheduled to begin on May 11.