Closing Bell: Brooklyn Bridge Park Board Meeting on Pier 6 Controversy Set for Monday

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    The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC) is holding a board meeting Monday where the public can speak out on its plan to build a pair of residential towers – one 30 stories, the other 15 — at Pier 6.

    The meeting is the result of a lawsuit the People for Green Space Foundation brought to quash the towers, which focused on their inclusion of affordable housing. While the group failed to derail the project in court, as we reported, they succeeded in making the BBPDC apply for a modification of the General Park Plan in order to move forward — allowing for public commentary on the plan.

    “Now, community folks, interested parties and experts can testify and be heard in a fair process whereby all evidence will be considered,” the green-space group’s attorney, Frank Carone, told the Times after the ruling.

    So, here’s your chance. The meeting Monday kicks off the public process.

    Monday’s meeting takes place at 3 pm at the offices of Empire State Development, 633 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, in the 37th floor conference room. Individuals get two minutes to speak; if you represent an organization you get four. (Attendees must RSVP before noon Monday by calling (212) 803-3818.)

    The meeting will be live streamed here.

    The BBPDC board will vote at the end of the hearing. If the board approves the modification of the General Park Plan, which seems a foregone conclusion, there will be another public board meeting and vote by the Empire State Development board on Thursday morning.

    If that board also approves the modification, the official public comment period starts. In addition to written testimony, it will include a lengthy public hearing with at least 30 days notice in a suitably large venue, according to an email from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. forwarded to us by a reader.

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    Rendering of proposed design by Asymptote Architecture

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