As we previously noted, the City, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, intend to have the BBPC’s board vote on a modified plan for the two residential towers planned for the Pier Six uplands this coming Tuesday, June 7 and, presuming the board approves, proceed with the construction. As we also noted in our earlier story, the head of the Brooklyn Heights Association’s Park Committee sought a meeting with Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen to discuss an alternative plan supported by the BHA and other civic groups. We are now advised by the BHA that Ms. Glen has refused to meet with them. According to the BHA:
While we continue to reach out to and raise new ideas with BBPC Board members directly, we have been forced to prepare for litigation. We are fortunate that Jenner & Block LLP, one of the foremost litigation firms in the country, has agreed to represent us on a pro bono basis.
The BHA goes on to urge members of the community to contact members of the BBPC board, who are listed here, and “ask that they not approve any proposal that includes building towers now.” It also urges anyone who is able to attend the BBPC board meeting, to be held at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 7 at the NYU Dibner Pfizer Auditorium in 5 MetroTech Center. While the vote will probably take place before anyone from the public is allowed to speak,
your presence alone will send the message that our community expects our public agencies and leaders to keep the commitments they make.