The Empire State Development Corporation is considering modifications to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s General Project Plan concerning the two high rise residential structures proposed to be built at the park entrance near the foot of Pier 6 and near the foot of Atlantic Avenue. The modifications would, among other things, slightly reduce the height of the proposed buildings, allow for the inclusion of affordable housing units, allow for a 75 seat pre-K facility, and eliminate the need for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation to demonstrate the financial necessity of the development. A full list of the proposed modifications is here.
ESDC is soliciting comments on whether or not to approve the modifications, with a deadline of 5:00 p.m. Monday, August 31. Comments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
BBPC President Regina Myer has circulated a letter urging support for approval of the proposed modifications. She wrote, among other things, that community concerns are addressed by reducing the height of the buildings, providing school space, and providing other space for community use. She also argues that revenue from the buildings is vital to park needs, including making the pilings that hold up the piers on which a large part of the park is located resistant to marine borers that could weaken the pilings and cause the piers to collapse. She further writes that the proposed development “would not result in any significant adverse environmental impacts that were not previously identified and studied, including on school overcrowding.” A complete version of the BBPC’s comments can be found here.
According to Politico New York, State Senator Daniel Squadron has urged constituents to email ESDC asking that they not approve the proposed modifications to the GPP. Similar pleas have come from Save The View Now and from Lori Schomp, aka Littlest bird, a principal in People for Green Space, who has a petition on Change.org; see here.