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BHA and STVN file lawsuit against Toll Brothers and Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp to ensure Pierhouse compliance with SV-1

Brooklyn, NY – December 4, 2015. The Brooklyn Heights Association (“BHA”) and Save the View Now (“STVN”) have joined forces to ensure that the construction of Pierhouse on Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park is completed in compliance with the Special Scenic View District (commonly referred to as “SV-1”). Yesterday, the BHA and STVN filed a lawsuit against the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (“BBPC”), the City of New York, the Department of Buildings (“DOB”) and Toll Brothers, among others, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to ensure that Pierhouse is brought into compliance with SV-1.

As previously announced, a survey was completed revealing that the penthouse of the condominium building of Pierhouse intrudes into SV-1 by approximately 20 feet. On October 16th a complaint was filed with the DOB regarding the violation.  A copy of the survey and of the report by the licensed surveyor was also submitted to the DOB and BBPC. For nearly 7 weeks, we heard through Senator Squadron’s and Councilman Levin’s offices that the DOB would provide a timely response.  We finally learned two days ago that the DOB would not be taking action. 

This violation of SV-1 is another example of Toll Brothers’ overbuilding of Pierhouse in disregard of the project plans. It also exemplifies BBPC’s failure to properly oversee the project and uphold the commitments it made to the community. It is regrettable that we must resort to litigation as BBPC and DOB were unwilling to meet with us to discuss the survey report and explain why no action would be taken to address the significant intrusion into SV-1. 

STVN has also begun its appeal relating to the Pierhouse hotel complex’s exceeding the 100 foot height limitation mandated by the project documents and by BBPC’s commitment to protect the view of the Brooklyn Bridge. STVN is pleased to announce that the BHA has made a significant contribution to fund this appeal.

For more information please contact: Peter Bray, Executive Director, Brooklyn Heights Association; 718-858-9193, or Steven Guterman, Save The View Now, at savetheviewnow@gmail.com

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