Arguments in court continue, as Brooklyn Heights Association fights mayor & park on Pier 6 development
Issue: Are new buildings in Brooklyn Bridge Park necessary?
Oral arguments continued on Monday in the lawsuit brought by the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) against Brooklyn Bridge Park opposing two residential towers the park has begun to build on Pier 6.
State Supreme Court Justice Carmen St. George, presiding at the Civil Branch in Manhattan, asked sharp questions of attorneys on both sides as BHA attempts to show that the park is going ahead with the two large buildings — 28- and 14-stories high —in violation of the park’s General Project Plan (GPP).
The GPP states the intention of development in the park is “to build only what is necessary to support annual maintenance and operations.”
The park maintains that the Pier 6 development is financially necessary, and that units of affordable housing planned for one of the towers, which would not bring in revenue, serve a social good and are not expressly forbidden by the GPP. Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing for the affordable housing component through Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, chair of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation.