June 5th, 2009
Both the City Council’s Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee and its Land Use Committee today voted to approve the Dock Street development in DUMBO. This brings the 18-story building directly adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge closer to approval. MAS objects to the development because the proposed building’s size and proximity to the Brooklyn Bridge will obstruct public views both of the bridge from DUMBO’s streets and from the bridge of the East River, the DUMBO neighborhood, and the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. (Read MAS’ testimony before City Council) The full Council’s vote is scheduled to take place next Wednesday, June 10. With today’s subcommittee and committee votes, and with the reported support of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the full City Council is unfortunately also likely to ultimately approve the Dock Street development. MAS thanks Council Members Tony Avella, Eric Gioia, John Liu, and David Yassky for voting against the project today, and we encourage readers to contact Council Speaker Christine Quinn and your local City Council Member to urge them to vote “No” on the Dock Street project.