At Thursday’s meeting of the Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESDC) board of directors, as reported in Mary Frost’s Eagle story, two board members questioned whether Brooklyn Bridge Park’s 2005 Final Environmental Impact Statement and the 2014 Technical Memorandum supplementing it properly considered changes in the local environment, particularly population growth and its stress on infrastructure such as schools, transportation, health care and sanitation, and police protection.
Board member Joyce Miller asked about these issues, as well as the Park’s need for the revenue from the proposed buildings and the effect on revenue from the inclusion of “affordable” housing. She noted that the Technical memo didn’t address specifically the effect of new housing on schools in the immediate vicinity, adding
I would assume the parents want their children to attend the closest school, not just any school in the district. Therefore that would be significant to current residents and future residents.
Ms. Miller said, “It seems from the testimony we’ve heard today that there are significant questions about the Tech Memo and the EIS, and I would assume that at the public hearing, that’s going to be further amplified.” There will be a public hearing, at an as yet unspecified date, on the issue of amending the Park’s General Project Plan to include the affordable housing component, to re-allocate housing units between the two proposed buildings, and to close some portion of the “loop road” that now goes from Joralemon Street around One Brooklyn Bridge Park and the site of one of the proposed buildings to Atlantic Avenue.
Another Board member, Cobble Hill native Kenneth Adams, who serves as State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance, asked why the impact of proposed development on the LICH site wasn’t considered in the Technical Memo. Rachel Shatz, author of the Technical Memo and now ESDC’s Vice President of Planning and Environmental Review, replied that because plans for the LICH site haven’t been finalized, it couldn’t be included in the Technical Memo’s assessment.