The future development of Brooklyn's DUMBO district could be shaped by the results of a public hearing scheduled for today at 1 Centre Street in Manhattan. Although the Landmarks Preservation Commission's online calendar does not list such a meeting, the Gowanus Lounge and DumboNYC are spreading the word about this important first meeting, which could initiate the process of protecting DUMBO as a historic preservation district. Such a designation would require property owners to obtain special approval for renovations, demolitions, or additions to existing structures.
Parts of nearby Brooklyn Heights and Vinegar Hill are already protected under similar designations. But what would the hypothetical DUMBO historic district be called? Gairville? Olympia?
The players: Developers such as Two Trees Management, who wish to build new high-rises, are expected to oppose preservation measures, while certain residents and groups such as the Dumbo Neighborhood Association are expected to support landmarks designation. What do you think is best for the area?
Map courtesy Dumbo Improvement District