December 22nd, 2008
(Photo rendering from savethebrooklynbridge.org)
The Community Board 2′s land use committee narrowly voted 7-6 against Two Tree’s Dock Street Dumbo project on Saturday. The Community Board 2’s youth, education and cultural affairs committee voted 9–0 to support the project, but the land use committee members who voted against the project felt that the proposed 183-foot building is too tall. A resolution to recommend R7B zoning (75-foot height limit) to the full community board passed 10-1 (with 2 abstentions). The full community board will vote on the proposed rezoning in January. After that, the project will be submitted for review by the borough president, the Department of City Planning, the City Council, and the mayor’s office.
According to the Brooklyn Paper story, “If protecting views of the Brooklyn Bridge was the committee’s goal, the vote is confusing, given that the current zoning allows the Walentases to build a far taller building — such as a hotel or other non-apartment building. The developers were seeking a zoning change so the site could include housing, including below-market-rate units, and the middle school.” However, according to a CB2 representative, “As of right they can only build a 2-story building on the entire sight, 4 stories on half, 8 stories on a quarter, etc.”