This coming Monday afternoon, June 22, starting at 3:00, there will be a public meeting concerning a proposed modification of the General Project Plan (“GPP”) for Brooklyn Bridge Park with respect to the amount and type of housing to be allowed at the entrance to Pier Six. The meeting will be at the offices of the Empire State Development Corporation (“ESDC”), 633 Third Avenue (between 40th and 41st streets), in the 37th floor conference room. At the meeting, representatives of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation will present the proposed changes to the GPP to the board of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation which, at the close of the meeting, will vote on whether to approve them. Before a vote is taken, members of the public will be allowed to speak, subject to a two minute limit per speaker. If the proposed modification is approved, it will go to a second meeting, on Thursday, June 25 at 9:30 a.m., for consideration by the ESDC board. The public will also be allowed to speak at that meeting. We’ll give more details if and when available.
If you want to attend Monday’s meeting, you must call (212) 803-3818 before noon on Monday to RSVP.
The Brooklyn Heights Association has this statement:
The change in the GPP is necessary before the BBPC can proceed with the construction of the 30- and 15-story Pier 6 buildings. The BHA continues to oppose any housing that is not necessary to support the Park. We will ask the BBPDC to pause before recommending the modification, in order to review – with the community – the commitments made in 2005, the financial needs of the Park and the changed economic and school crowding realities driven by the Park and the overwhelming level of surrounding development.
Save The View Now suggests that speakers strees the following:
1. Consistency of the proposed modification with the 2006 MGPP which established the parameters of BBP and the Urban Dev elopement Corporation Act (UDCA, aka ESDC) standards for Land Use Improvement and Civic Projects.
2. Significant environmental impacts from both proposed changes and changed circumstances since the 2006 FEIS that warrant preparing a SEIS. (impacts on school and transit capacity and anything else you can raise).