Hearing on DUMBO’s Empire Stores and Tobacco Warehouse set for Thursday
Considerations: Equal land value, environment, archaeology
It’s the public’s turn to review and comment on the environmental impact of the proposed redevelopment of the historic Empire Stores and Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO.
A hearing on the proposals’ Environmental Assessment (EA) will be held Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at NYU-Poly, 6 MetroTech Center, Room RH116 in Downtown Brooklyn. (More details below.)
The Empire Stores and Tobacco Warehouse, currently part of the public park, would be converted to private use as part of a deal that would swap the often-photographed structures and the land connecting them for a smaller parcel of municipal land under and abutting the Manhattan Bridge.
The plan for the crumbling Empire Stores — a complex of seven connected, historic brick warehouses — includes a mixed-use development with office, retail and commercial space. Ten design firms have submitted proposals for the development of the Empire Stores, currently in complete disrepair and closed to the public.