A few days ago, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation presented renderings of proposals for hotel and residential development at Pier 1. While the public will get a chance to comment on the plans, the Brooklyn Paper reports, "Residents and local pols are demanding that the city give them more time to digest designs for a controversial hotel, retail, and luxury condos project inside Brooklyn Bridge Park before it moves ahead with the massive project, but the city shot them down, saying it plans to move quickly, and will have a committee of unnamed officials choose a developer behind closed doors before spring."
The presentation was held on November 22, and the public has until December 22 to comment, but many want another 30 days for commenting. There's also frustration that the identities of those selected to choose the developer are being kept secret and critics worry a mall will end up on the bucolic, valuable land.
Take a look at some of the renderings—and here's Brooklyn Paper's rundown on the contenders:
• The Dermot Company, a Manhattan-based firm that’s behind Downtown’s One Hanson Place, the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank that was turned into a luxury condo; and another proposed high-rise on Flatbush Avenue near Fulton Street. The firm wants to build a cantilevered Hyatt hotel and residential building made of aluminum panels — and left one lot open for St. Ann’s Warehouse, a theater that’s being booted from its DUMBO home next year.
• Extell Development, the Manhattan company that built the flashy W Hotel Times Square and a Park Hyatt hotel and luxury residences in Midtown. Extell’s plan calls for a Westin hotel and three other residential buildings in a glass, zinc, wood and terra cotta building with rooftop green spaces. One of the residences wraps around a four-story parking garage.
• RAL Companies, owned by developer Robert A. Levine, the man behind One Brooklyn Bridge Park — the other condo inside the park at Pier 6 (though that building was a refurb, not new construction). He’s also developed boutique hotels and high-rises in Manhattan. Levine wants to build a glass and concrete Le Meridien hotel with lower-level retail space and a highly reflective glass residential complex to capture the Manhattan skyline.
• SDS Procida, a Brooklyn firm helmed by Mario Procida, half of the development team that build Richard Meier’s On Prospect Park, a glassy monolith overlooking the park; and the be@Schermerhorn, a 25-story residential building in Downtown. SDS would create another futuristic all-glass building with a hotel on the top floors. Residential units below would wrap around a glass atrium with a 70-foot-high escalator to the hotel, gym, swimming pool and green space.
• Starwood Capital Group, a global investment firm based in Connecticut with a portfolio of major hotels including the Carlyle overlooking Central Park. Starwood’s two buildings would have copper fins lining the facades that move with the wind to create a kinetic sculpture. A hotel would be in the lower floors of a larger building with apartments above it.
• Toll Brothers, a national real-estate group behind the Williamsburg waterfront luxury condos Northside Piers. Toll Brothers is proposing a glass, limestone and mahogany tiered complex that would include a Dream Hotel by Hampshire Hotels, condos and ground-floor retail.
• Two Trees Management, owned by DUMBO real-estate titan David Walentas, who owns most of the neighborhood and is currently building a boutique hotel in Williamsburg. The magnate’s futuristic, curvilinear building creates pockets of park space, giant windows and green, living patches of facade. The firm didn’t announce a hotel partner.