[UPDATE: The full Council just voted 39-9 in support of the project, with the no-votes from Councilmembers Tony Avella, Charles Barron, Bill DeBlasio, Vincent Gentile, Eric Gioia, John Liu, Peter Vallone, and, of course, David Yassky. More from Sarah Portlock who is live blogging on the Brooklyn Heights Blog.]
Ever since we first announced on this site that the Dock Street Dumbo plans were revealed, there have been heated discussions between supporters and opposition to the project. For two years, we have heard good arguments for and against the proposed rezoning of the Dock Street property, and today, the final decision will be made by a full City Council vote. Today’s vote will likely approve the zoning application as the Land Use City Council Committee and the Zoning and Franchises subcommittee voted to approve the changes last week.
Although the zoning application will likely be approved, the Dumbo Neighborhood Alliance has requested that that New York State Attorney General look at the evidence of “impropriety and possible corruption on Dock Street.” “Land Use Committee Chairwoman Melinda R. Katz and Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn are pressuring the City Council to rush through this project even in the face of hard, irrefutable evidence of impropriety, not only on the part of the developer and the School Construction Authority but, perhaps, the Mayor’s office,” states DNA president Gus Sheha. (See DNA’s letter sent on June 9 (PDF)).
Two Trees Management previously failed to gain approval for rezoning in 2004. The current proposal includes affordable housing, a 45,000 sq ft middle school space, and approximately 400 underground parking spaces.
City Council will vote on the Dock St Dumbo rezoning application today, Wednesday, June 10 at 1:30p, at City Hall in NYC.