The DUMBO Neighborhood Foundation (DNF), a non-profit group formed in 2007 by neighborhood residents, filed a lawsuit to reverse zoning changes it believes were wrongfully approved by the New York City Council and to halt the so-called Dock Street Project, a controversial mixed-use project in the historic DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. The petition alleges unlawful collusion between Two Trees Management, the real estate developer and New York City officials, resulting in “inappropriate middle school site selection and potential endangerment of the health of New York City school children.”
The lawsuit, filed in Supreme Court, Kings County, alleges defects in the land review process as well as a number of technical deficiencies in the rezoning of the Dock Street Project as a general large-scale development. The named defendants include The City of New York, New York City Department of City Planning, City Planning Commission, New York City Council, DOE, SCA and Two Trees.
The DNF claim that the defendants colluded based on FOIL-obtained documents, previously posted on DumboNYC, and that “The fix was in long before the public approval process commenced,” states Barry Silverstein, Director of DNF. “The Brooklyn Bridge should not be the pawn in this shameless arrangement between a developer and city agencies entrusted to protect the tax paying public. The truth is being uncovered and it’s deeply upsetting to many of us. My hope is that this lawsuit will repair the damage wrought by the bad decision making that has thus far plagued the SCA, DOE, City Planning and the City Council,” said Silverstein.
Previously: Past Dock Street Dumbo articles