BBP, BHA respond
Update: On Tuesday, BHA sent a statement to its members in support of Save the View Now and urged residents to sign the petition.
The statement reads in part, “Save the View Now promises, in Steve’s words, a ‘laser-like focus’ on the singular goal of saving the views of the Brooklyn Bridge, a goal we whole-heartedly support.” (Their full statement follows below this article.)
The meeting took place at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue on Remsen Street. A synagogue employee opened the sanctuary to the crowd after attendees overflowed the smaller conference room originally set aside for the event.
A statement from BBP follows.
Statement from Brooklyn Bridge Park: Nothing New in Pierhouse Design
“It has been suggested that the Pierhouse development project at Brooklyn Bridge Park, which occupies the former site of the dilapidated Cold Storage Warehouses, contravenes the Brooklyn Heights “Special Scenic View District” (SV1) protected in the New York City Zoning Resolution. Compliance with SV1 has always been a requirement of the project, and a commitment BBP takes very seriously. To be clear, the northern portion of the project does not lie within the protected Special Scenic View District, and the project as a whole complies with all SV1 restrictions and maintains this protected viewshed.
There also seems to be confusion over whether the building being constructed is the same as that presented to the community. The Pierhouse project underwent a robust and transparent public design review process involving a series of public meetings dating back to 2011. At all of the meetings held with our Community Advisory Council (CAC) – the body through which BBP reports to the community regarding its projects – it was made clear that rooftop mechanical equipment is permitted to exceed the 100’ height limit (at the northern section) provided that it fit the definition of a “Permitted Obstruction” in the NYC Zoning Resolution. The Pierhouse project is no higher than that presented to the community in 2013. The building topped out several weeks ago, and any suggestions that it will go higher are totally inaccurate.
As to any agreement being codified by the 2005 FEIS, the content of the response to comment 224 of 446 comments in this document was not memorialized in the BBP General Project Plan, and the Pier 1 hotel was designed accordingly.”
VP, Strategic Partnerships, BBP
Statement from the Brooklyn Heights Association
A decade ago, the BHA lobbied on behalf of our community to protect the iconic views of the Brooklyn Bridge by limiting the height of development in the park. In recent months, we have watched in stunned disbelief as construction of the Pierhouse has obscured those views.
Two weeks ago, Brooklyn Heights resident Steve Guterman started an on-line campaign: Save the View Now. As a new, independent, grass-roots organization, Save the View Now is ready to take a fresh stand. Save the View Now promises, in Steve’s words, a “laser-like focus” on the singular goal of saving the views of the Brooklyn Bridge, a goal we whole-heartedly support. The BHA encourages our members to sign his petition, available here.