New Info Breathes Life into Effort to Block Pier Six Towers

New information from the City’s Department of Finance has revived efforts by the Brooklyn Heights Association and other local activists to block construction of two residential towers on Brooklyn Bridge Park land near Pier Six and the foot of Atlantic Avenue, as reported by Lauren Gill in the Brooklyn Paper. As we noted last June, the BHA was prepared to litigate the issue of whether the towers were necessary to meet the Park’s continuing financial needs. According to the Brooklyn Paper story, the Department of Finance has found that existing developments, such as the Pierhouse hotel and condo complex, stand to produce $300 million more in revenue for the Park than originally projected. The story quotes Judi Francis, a Cobble Hill resident and long time opponent of the Pier Six development, as saying, “We knew that we were right and big surprise, we were right.” The story then quotes David Lowin, interim president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, as saying, “We have repeatedly made clear the necessity and merits of this project, and look forward to responding to the BHA’s erroneous claims in court.”

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  • Banet

    You have a typo. The figure mentioned in the protocol repeatedly is $300 million, not $800 million.

  • TeddyNYC

    At the moment, I’m not too optimistic based on how unsuccessful the campaign against the LICH project was (unless there’s still a chance to reduce the size of that project to a more reasonable size).

  • Claude Scales

    I actually read it as $800 million, and need to clean my glasses. Thanks; I’ve made the correction.

  • David on Middagh

    It is MADNESS to build residentially in flood zones, esp. considering sea-level rise over the coming generations, and the increasing wacky weather. This is not how we should be using our builders, when other infrastructure needs attention.

  • Wally O’Keefe

    The LICH closing was a fix by de Blazio and Cuomo to give NY State property to Fortis. That’s all folks!

  • Wally O’Keefe

    Who stands to make the money from this? That’s the answer to the question of why.