A group of Greenpoint residents and City Council candidate Stephen Pierson intend to sue the City and developers to stop the Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street developments, whose 12 towers of 30 to 40 stories would bring thousands of new residents into the neighborhood. The lawsuit will argue that the City’s greenlighting of the two developments, which were said to have no negative environmental impact, was based on an inaccurate, outdated eight-year-old environmental impact study. At the very least, the suit will delay the developments until a potentially more sympathetic mayoral administration comes in, said Pierson. The group announced the suit at a rally Wednesday night where protesters held signs that said “the roof is too damn high” and “Greenpoint does not equal Midtown.” The waterfront was rezoned in 2005 despite opposition from the local community board, paving the way for large-scale development. Above, the future site of Park Tower Group’s Greenpoint Landing at the mouth of Newtown Creek on the East River. Do you think public outcry now has the potential to reverse the rezoning — or force a redesign of the two high-rise developments planned there?
G’pointers to Sue City, Developers Over “Inadequate” Waterfront Tower Studies [Brooklyn Paper]
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