August 20, 2005, Brooklyn Papers — An historic building proposed for demolition by designers of Brooklyn Bridge Park, a 1.3-mile open space, housing and commercial development along the waterfront, has split supporters of the plan and even preservation agencies at the city and state level. Built in 1936 as a project of the Works Progress Administration, the Purchase Building, located under the Brooklyn Bridge overpass off Old Fulton and Water streets in Fulton Ferry, features late-art deco and early modernist designs.
According to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released last week by the state-run Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, the warehouse, a mix of brick and thin glass-window facing with pink-toned concrete ribbons, is useless to an 80-acre open space of green, water and revenue-generating developments that will form Brooklyn Bridge Park. Additionally, the EIS says the building will split the park in two, destroying view planes.
Fear “Purchase” To Be Torn Down [Brooklyn Papers]