Two Trees’ massive new waterfront development, River Ring, received a thumbs up from the City Planning Commission last week immediately before heading to the City Council for a public hearing.
Williamsburg’s Community Board 1 voted on Tuesday night to approve River Ring, the massive waterfront development proposed for the nabe’s waterfront -- breaking with the “no” vote issued by the board’s land use committee last week.
Other concerns included jobs and climate resiliency for the waterfront development, which would include a park and pool, by Two Trees and Bjarke Ingels Group.
After months of loud community criticism, three local nonprofits have voiced their tentative support for the waterfront development.
The gigantic project, which will include a public beach, waterfront park and connect the already existing public space on both sides of the proposed site, is seeking a rezoning to allow for two apartment towers.
Two Trees plans to open a climate change-themed miniature golf course and a small urban farm at a vacant industrial lot along the Williamsburg waterfront — before eventually developing the space into the towering “River Ring” development and beach park.
The developer has met with neighboring residents in recent weeks as they prepare to push their proposal through the city’s lengthy public review process.