FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK CORP REFUSES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE OVERGROWTH OF THE PIERHOUSE AND ITS OBSTRUCTION OF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
Brooklyn, NY Feb 6, 2015 – Save The View Now (STVN) has made repeated requests to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp for explanation of why plans for the construction of the Pierhouse hotel complex in Brooklyn Bridge Park violate the Planning and Control Documents for construction of the Park.
At a recent meeting of the Community Advisory Council attended by hundreds of concerned Brooklyn residents STVN, once again, asked the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, straightforward questions about the over-expansion of the Pierhouse. The BBPC again refused to answer the public’s questions about the oversight of construction at Brooklyn Bridge Park and their responsibility to the public to protect the Brooklyn Bridge views.
STVN has identified five major violations in the design and construction of the buildings located at 60, 90 and 130 Furman Street. STVN’s analysis resulted in the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) issuance of a partial Stop Work Order for 130 Furman Street on Jan 28, 2015. While other violations of the 2005/2006 agreements exist they are outside the jurisdiction of the DOB.
One of the most severe violations is the relocation of the tallest southern wall of the Pierhouse closer to the Brooklyn Promenade. By allowing the wall to be moved about 100 feet, views of the Brooklyn Bridge have been significantly cut from the Promenade and the promised harbor views from Squibb Park are gone. In addition, 30’ bulkheads have been added to the roof in clear non-compliance with the Environmental Impact Statement.
The lack of a full response from the BBPC to the community reflects the hubris of a city agency that is apparently responsible to no one. STVN is sounding the alarm over this flagrant breach of the Park’s Planning documents and is demanding that the agreed-upon building specification, which ensures an unobstructed view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn Promenade, be enforced.
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