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A Brooklyn Waterfront That Works: Update, August 2007

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While MAS’ lawsuit was ultimately unsuccessful in its attempt to require a Section 106 review that would examine the advisability of paving over the historic working graving dock, MAS urges you to Send a letter to IKEA and ask them to be a good corporate neighbor. They should share the history of this important site by providing boat tours and space to exhibit the history of the shipyards. Ask them to not sever the piers from the shore and provide landing rights for ships and barges. And make sure they live up to their obligations to hire local residents to work in the store and as contractors, and to provide a ferry dock with universal landing, at which many different designs of ferries and boats can dock.

IKEA’s mailing address is:
IKEA Customer Relations
9930 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21236

A Civil War-era graving dock, along with associated high-wage jobs, are threatened on Brooklyn’s waterfront if current plans for an Ikea store proceed. But alternative plans commissioned by the Municipal Art Society show that the new development can coexist with the historic structures and the working waterfront.

This story was originally published on November 21, 2006.