May 6th, 2009
The campaigning has picked up by both the developers of the Dock Street Dumbo development and the opposition before the public hearing of the City Council, set for Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 10am at City Hall, Manhattan.
Last week, Jed Walentas Two Trees sent out mailings to locals that “it’s now or never and we need your help one more time to make the project’s new middle school and affordable housing a reality. The City Council will hold a public hearing on the Dock Street Dumbo plan on Thursday, May 21st, so this is the final opportunity to make your voice heard and to let Councilman Yassky and the entire City Council know you want a new public middle school…you want affordable housing…you want Dock Street approved!” The text of the letter can be seen after the jump.
Today, the opposition via a media alert sent this email out:
Myths vs. Facts on Brooklyn Bridge-Threatening Dock Street Development from DNA
“Below is a communication from the Dumbo Neighborhood Association (DNA) to clarify some misinformation being disseminated by the developers of the Dock Street Development, a proposed 18-story development adjacent to a world renowned international landmark, The Brooklyn Bridge. Spokesperson from DNA and its many supporters (listed below) are available to speak to the media. A public hearing before the City Council is set for May 21.”
Two Trees is generously providing the first affordable housing units in DUMBO.
Two Trees is taking advantage of tax abatements which gives the developer access to subsidized financing and tax reductions in exchange for legally mandated affordable housing units. It’s the law…not generosity.
Two Trees is generously offering a 300 middle school for DUMBO children at no cost to the city or taxpayer.
• The proposed middle school would cost taxpayers $43 million yet no cost benefit analysis was conducted on the Dock St. site or any of seven proposed alternate school sites.
• There is no binding obligation for the developer to include a school in the final project.
• The proposed school would be located on top of a federally designated flood zone.
• The proposed school would sit on top of the developer’s 465 car garage.
• The proposed school would sit right belie the Brooklyn Bridge, a known terrorist target.
• The proposed school would be situated next to the most heavily trafficked area in NYC, the Brooklyn Bridge and the BQE.
• The proposed school would be a district wide school, open to all students of the district, not just DUMBO.
• Proposed 300 seats do not meet the education needs of the downtown Brooklyn area.
• Repeated requests for the SCA’s and DOE’s Environmental Impact Study and alternate school site feasibility studies have been ignored.
Design & Context
• Dock St. has been redesigned to incorporate community criticism from the failed 2004 proposal.
• Dock St. is contextual to its surroundings.
• The proposed development has been moved a mere 12 feet further from the Bridge than in the failed 2004 proposal.
• The proposed development would stand 2 stories higher than the 2004 proposal.
• All buildings in the surrounding area are 20-80 feet high; Dock St. would be over 200 ft high with mechanicals.
• All of the buildings within a 200 ft. radius of the walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge are below the walkway level.
• Dock St. proposal has received widespread support, including from the local Community Board.
• President of Pratt Institute has thrown his support behind the project.
• The Brooklyn Historical Society supports this development.
• At Community Board 2 public hearing those who spoke in opposition to the project outnumbered those in support by more than 2:1
• Most of those who spoke out in favor made clear that their support was based on the school, an aspect of the proposal now revealed to be full of flaws.
• Community Board 2 land-use subcommittee voted against Dock St. and furthermore, by a margin of 10-1, voted to adopt a recommendation that no structure rise above the bridge walkway.
• At Borough President Markowitz’s public hearing, 72 out of 100 speakers spoke in opposition to the project.
• 12,000 individuals have signed a petition against Dock St.
• DUMBO Neighborhood Assoc., Fulton Ferry Landing Assoc., Brooklyn Heights Assoc., Vinegar Hill Assoc., Cobble Hill Assoc., Boerum Hill Assoc., and Ft. Greene Assoc. have stated their opposition to the project.
• The Municipal Art Society, the Historic Districts Council, the Roebling Chapter – Society of Industrial Archeology, Society for Architecture in NYC, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Renowned author David McCullough and filmmaker Ken Burns are all opposed to Dock St.
• State Senator Daniel Squadron and Congresswoman Nydia Valazquez oppose the Dock St. project.
• The Principal of Two Trees Management sits on the boards of both Pratt and the Brooklyn Historical Society.
• Principals, associates, representatives and employees of Two Trees have spent over $400,000 in two years lobbying city officials to support Dock St.
IT’S NOW OR NEVER FOR A NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL IN DUMBO AND OUR NEIGHBORHOOD’S FIRST EVER AFFORDABLE HOUSING!
Dear Friends and Supporters of Dock Street Dumbo:
The NYC Planning Commission last week overwhelmingly approved Dock Street Dumbo, which means that the project now moves on to the City Council for its final review. Therefore, it’s now or never and we need your help one more time to make the project’s new middle school and affordable housing a reality. The City Council will hold a public hearing on the Dock Street Dumbo plan on Thursday, May 14th, so this is the final opportunity to make your voice heard and to let Councilman Yassky and the entire City Council know you want a new public middle school…you want affordable housing…you want Dock Street approved!
CONTACT COUNCILMAN DAVID YASSKY
Call and email Councilman David Yassky immediately and let him know that you and your neighbors think Dock Street Dumbo is the right project for the neighborhood and that the community can’t afford to lose this opportunity for a new school and affordable housing.
Councilman David Yassky
ATTEND THE PUBLIC HEARING ON MAY 21
You can also attend the public hearing on Thursday, May 21, 2009 and join other Dock Street supporters in telling the entire City Council that the community wants this project approved.
Public Hearing of the NYC Council Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises
Thursday, May 21, 2008 10:00 a.m.
City Hall, Manhattan
Thank you for all of your support over the past several months as Dock Street Dumbo has moved through the land use review process and has picked up support from the NYC Planning Commission, Community Board #2, elected officials and residents from throughout the neighborhood. With this one final push, together we can make this project a reality! Should you have any questions or need additional information, please call Nora Mattingly at 718-222-2500 or email her at nmattingly@TwoTrees-Dumbo.com.