August 5th, 2011
[UPDATE: Council Member Levin provided a statement on the proposed relocation of the Brooklyn Borough Property Clerk’s Office to 11 Front Street. Full text below after the jump.]
We’ve heard from a few sources that NYPD is planning to move the Brooklyn Property Clerk’s office, currently at 301 Gold Street, to the former Police Garage under the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo. CB2 was presented with the plan, as well as the DUMBO BID, and Council member Steve Levin has been working to block this move.
Although the move has not been formally announced, measurements have been taken inside the building for the new office. According to a retired officer, “If the office is moved here, it will bring all sorts down here to retrieve their belongings after release from jail.”
One tipster says: “Obviously, residents are concerned about this, and the placement directly across the street from the planned middle school seems especially unwise. The large numbers of tourists who walk around Fulton Ferry and Dumbo would also be potentially at risk.” We’re not sure if this will happen or if there’s a timetable for this move. What do you think? Will this bring some trouble to Dumbo?
Online information about what the NYPD Property Clerk Division does.
Council Member Levin’s Statement on the Proposed Relocation of the Brooklyn Borough Property Clerk’s Office to 11 Front Street:
“I am deeply concerned about the NYPD’s apparent proposal to move the Brooklyn Borough Property Clerk’s office from 301 Gold Street to 11 Front Street in Dumbo, across from a new middle school that will hopefully open in about two years. My office was not directly informed by the Administration of their plans to relocate the property clerk’s office. As soon as I heard rumors that this might be happening, I requested that NYPD hold a public meeting to provide the community with their plans. I believe in transparency and accountability; relocations of major city operations, especially those that will bring scores of people into a neighborhood that is ill-served by public transportation, ought to be subject to public review. I reiterate my call for the NYPD to visit Community Board 2 and to hear the concerns of the community before attempting to move forward.”