Agitated NIMBYs are taking the next step in their attempt to block below-market rate housing from rising along Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, appearing in state Supreme Court today to plead their case.
A judge will hear assorted objections from a variety of Brooklynites, including Lori Schomp, a former city budget analyst and a plaintiff in the suit. According to the Wall Street Journal, Schomp is perfectly fine with more affordable housing, so long as it's not in the park. "If we build it here in this precious green spot we are going to regret it," she warned.
Local pols have also tried to slow the development—State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Councilmen Steve Levin and Brad Lander sent a letter to park officials in June in attempt to stall the "Bloomberg-era plan," and never received a response.
“This is a Bloomberg administration plan that has long had broad opposition and concerns in the community,” Squadron told the Daily News. “We believe the new administration, at a time it’s moving forward at breakneck speed, should engage the public in the hopes of finding a better, less controversial plan.”
Zoning for development was approved in 2002, which rankled NIMBYs at the time despite the idea that much of the revenue generated by the apartments would go toward park maintenance. And the plan isn't entirely a brain child of Bloomberg—Mayor de Blasio amended it to include a sizable chunk of affordable housing.
The project, which will consist of two towers to be located near Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street, will be up to 31 and 15 stories tall, with 30 percent of 430 possible apartments to be allocated for affordable housing. The plan is in keeping with the mayor's goal of building and preserving 200,000 units of such housing over the next decade.