At yesterday’s public meeting of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation board, revised plans for the two high rise residential buildings proposed for the landward side of Pier Six were presented for consideration. The meeting was held as a result of the settlement of a lawsuit brought by People for Green Space.
As Mary Frost’s Eagle story reports, local residents representing various interested groups were present and expressed their concerns, as did a representative of State Senator Daniel Squadron’s office. These concerns largely were about the effect of new, dense residential development on local infrastructure, especially considering the additional residential development contemplated for the LICH site and the site of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library, and the development already occurring at Pierhouse and in downtown Brooklyn. They were united in calling for a new environmental impact study based on major changes that have taken place since the last study was completed. They also questioned the need for the housing to support the Park’s projected expenses.
Two local business groups, the DUMBO Business Improvement District and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership spoke in favor of the new buildings, stressing the positive effects on local commerce. The Partnership’s representative said that over 1,000 people had expressed interest in applying for affordable units in the proposed towers.