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A few talking points:
* The two towers were a part of the General Park Plan (GPP), written 10 years ago.
* The board voted down a resolution to reconsider the GPP, which was written before the area was so crowded -- packed schools (P.S. 8 is over-capacity) heavy traffic, not enough hospital beds and other infrastructure insufficiencies.
* It did, however, agree to "undertake an analysis" to determine if a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is required. The extent of this analysis is a bit murky.
* Because real estate values have exploded since the GPP was written, fewer luxury units are needed to fund the park.
* So the Mayor wants to make the 2 towers (15 and 31 stories) 30 percent affordable, since the park doesn't need as much income.
* Many residents don't want condos in their park. There's not enough green space in Brooklyn.
* The mayor's game is to make opposition sound like nimbyism. But it probably isn't nimbyism. The same people were against the development even before the moderate-income units were going in.
* The board feels the income from the towers at Pier 6 is necessary, especially for the piers, which need a lot of maintenance. Figures were presented showing how necessary they were.
* The park is a great place, everybody agrees.
* But it's getting very crowded on weekends.
Two in-depth meeting wrap ups:
Brooklyn Bridge Park board to move forward with Pier 6 development. [Brooklyn Eagle]
Battle Royale at Borough Hall: BBPC Board Shoots Down Pier 6 Opponents [Brooklyn Heights Blog]
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