Brooklyn Heights

Town hall on Pierhouse lawsuit set for Tuesday

‘Save the View Now’ wants shorter Pierhouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park

June 1, 2015 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Pierhouse development at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, subject of a lawsuit. Photo by Mary Frost
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The preservationist group Save The View Now (STVN) will be holding a town hall on Tuesday to bring neighbors up to date on their fight to shrink the Pierhouse development at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The town hall is set for Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30p.m., and will be held at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, second floor, 131 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights.

STVN maintains that the Pierhouse hotel/residential project is taller than originally negotiated with preservationists, and partially blocks the views of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

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The Brooklyn Bridge Park board, however, says the height of the buildings is permitted under city law, and claims that STVN’s lawsuit is barred by a four month statute of limitations.

As part of a lawsuit, STVN won a partial Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) preventing further construction of one section — the penthouse — of the Pierhouse. On May 18, state Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Knipel extended the TRO, pending his decision on STVN’s lawsuit. 

More than 6,000 supporters have signed a petition started by STVN head Steven Guterman. The petition asks the city and state to “Return the construction of the Pierhouse to be consistent with the originally approved plan.”

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