Brooklyn Heights

Pierhouse opponents to present at Brooklyn Bridge Park CAC meeting Tuesday

February 2, 2015 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Community Advisory Council (CAC) meeting is set for Tuesday night in Brooklyn Heights. Shown: A crowd at a previous BBP meeting in August. Photo by Mary Frost

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Community Advisory Council (CAC) meeting set for Tuesday night is expected to be a hot one.

Supporters of Save the View Now say they will be asking the CAC to pass a resolution calling for a halt of the construction of the Pierhouse hotel-condo complex at the north end of the park, next to Pier 1.  

The group wants the builder to “remediate” the height of a section of the project that topped out 30 feet higher than expressed in the RFP, partially blocking the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Another section of the Pierhouse project is on hold pending a review by the city’s Department of Buildings.

Save Pier 6, an advocacy group fighting two high-rise residential buildings planned for Pier 6, at the southern end of the park, will not be making an official presentation at the meeting. Members of this group argue that the proposed towers – one roughly 15 stories and the other about 30 stories – don’t belong in a park and are not financially necessary.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC) has strongly refuted the contentions of both organizations, disputing the financial methodology and the findings of Save Pier 6 advocates, and maintaining that the building mechanicals and other structures that make up the disputed 30 feet at Pierhouse are allowed by law.

BBPC maintains that both developments are necessary for the maintenance of the park, which is unique in that it is required to be self-supporting.

The CAC meeting is set for Tuesday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Mount Sinai, 250 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn Heights.

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Members of the CAC include representatives of local neighborhood associations, community boards and civic groups.

FOR PHOTOS OF THE FEB. 3 MEETING of Brooklyn Bridge Park CAC and Save the View, visit BrooklynArchive.com.

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