Saturday, May 10, 2014

Brooklyn "Skyscraper" Park?

For years, the Cobble Hill Association has advocated for the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park to serve the growing borough's needs for active recreation and green space. We are glad to see tens of thousands now come to the waterfront each day to enjoy the developing park, but have long felt private housing should not be in the mix. We need a park, not a large scale project with private high rises. Unfortunately, that has been the path towards the creation of Brooklyn Bridge "Park" and it shows no signs of stopping. 340 Furman is already in place, but recently revealed plans suggest two new towers will soon be dominating the Atlantic Avenue gateway as well.
Rendering of the development sizes slated for Pier 6 at the foot of Cobble Hill. Site A will be a max 315 feet (with 290 units) while site Site B will reach up to 155 feet (with max of 140 units of affordable housing & retail)
The press has begin taking note of this potentially massive change to our neighborhoods landscape with articles in both Brownstoner and the Wall Street Journal. Concerned residents have begun this petition to oppose the pending monoliths and the Cobble Hill Association has signed on to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund letter below which was sent to Mayor DeBlasio asking for his leadership to eliminate new housing in the park.

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