To the Brooklyn Bridge Park Community:
The Pier 6 development, approved in the Park’s General Project Plan 10 years ago, is essential to keeping Brooklyn Bridge Park beautiful and maintaining the high standards of care that make it such a special space.
There is currently an opportunity to make improvements to the Pier 6 development by including permanently affordable, middle-class housing units, a public pre-k facility, community space and additional parkland – all while actually reducing the size of the development. To facilitate this, the Park has requested that the GPP be modified to address these additional community benefits.
We are proud that with this final development site Brooklyn Bridge Park is in a position to not only secure the Park’s future, but also help address the City’s acute shortage of affordable homes for working families and ensure that a broader range of New Yorkers are the Park’s immediate neighbors.
Empire State Development and its subsidiary Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corp., the government entities responsible for deciding whether to approve changes to the GPP, are soliciting public comment on the proposed modification.
I encourage you to review the information below and e-mail your comments directly to ESD at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on August 31.
Thank you for your attention to this matter at such a crucial time for Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The Pier 6 development sites are not now – and never were – parkland, and the project would not take away park space. The current Park site was formerly an industrial wasteland, and the government agreed to build a park there only if some land was set aside to generate revenue to its future upkeep.The Pier 6 development site is located at the edge of the Park near the Pier 7 distribution facility and abuts the BQE, Furman Street and Atlantic Avenue. It occupies a mere 0.5% of the overall project footprint, and the revenue generated from that piece of land will allow the Park to thrive.
The Pier 6 development is essential to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s longterm financial stability. Without additional revenue from the Pier 6 site, BBP’s financial projections show that it will run out of money in about 10 years. BBP projects that revenues from Pier 6 will provide approximately 10% of annual recurring revenue and more than 60% of projected one-time payments needed for maritime infrastructure. These projections have been shared widely and can be found on the Park’s website. It’s very simple: taking care of a park built on piers is expensive and predicting the future revenue needed to support it is risky.
The Park requires funding for extensive marine repairs – right now. The Park is built on 13,000 wooden piles that are in various stages of deterioration and in need of repair. The Pier 6 development will provide essential funding for proactive marine infrastructure repairs. Without these repairs, a $400 million taxpayer investment will fall into the East River.
Brooklyn Bridge Park has successfully minimized development. The Park and adjacent development sites have been specifically designed to maximize the area used as park space and minimize development footprints. The Park has reduced development to 10% of the overall project footprint, down from the initially contemplated 20%. And it has reduced the number of approved housing units from 1,240 to 924, including Pier 6.
There is no evidence that the Pier 6 development would cause significant adverse environmental impact on the surrounding community – and no evidence that further study would prove otherwise. A Technical Memorandum prepared in November 2014 in accordance with State law assessed potential environmental impacts of the Pier 6 development. This report, which incorporated updated data, determined that the Pier 6 development would not result in any significant adverse environmental impacts that were not previously identified and studied, including on school overcrowding. Therefore, in accordance with State law, no supplemental environmental impact statement is required.
Post-Superstorm Sandy resiliency measures are a requirement of the Pier 6 development. In a post-Sandy world, all of the Park’s developments incorporate resiliency measures in order to withstand extreme weather, and all adhere to the amended New York City building codes and updated FEMA flood maps.
The proposed development directly responds to community concerns. The Park’s recommended proposal reduces the height of each building by three stories from what the original request for proposals allowed, and reduces the number of residential units by 20%. The development would provide approximately 117 units of affordable housing, a 75- seat pre-K facility, a 1,500-square-foot community facility, additional parkland and public restrooms. The development would also generate approximately 500 union construction jobs.