Brooklyn Bridge Park, Community Groups Settle Lawsuit Over Pier 6 Towers

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    A full public review will be required to change the terms of the General Project Plan and move forward with the construction of affordable housing in two towers on Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, according to the terms of a settlement reached in State Supreme Court Wednesday. Interestingly, the settlement also requires that building mechanicals be included in the building’s maximum height limits — a nod to controversy over construction elsewhere in the park.

    More than a dozen community groups and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. both declared victory. “This compromise will ensure the community a full review consistent with law,” said Frank Carone, the attorney for People for Green Space Foundation Inc. in a prepared statement from the group. “I believe truth, fresh air and sunlight will prevail,” said another member of the group, architect Joseph Merz, in the release.

    The settlement will allow the park to move ahead with development, said a park spokeswoman in an emailed statement. “This is great news for the millions who enjoy Brooklyn Bridge Park,” she said. “We look forward the moving ahead with a fantastic project that will not only plug the final remaining gap in funding for this world class open space, but provide affordable housing, community space, and a beautiful gateway to the park’s southern entrance –- thus satisfying all of the goals of the Pier 6 request for proposals.”

    News of the settlement was widely reported — The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, and Brooklyn Eagle all had stories. Above, one of 14 proposed designs for the towers.

    The People for Green Space Foundation sued the park in July, arguing a new environmental review would be required. The Empire State Development Corp. will oversee the public review process.

    Rendering by Asymptote Architecture

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