|Owners at 75 Henry St., left, turned down an offer to sell these Pineapple Walk shops to a developer. Image courtesy Google Maps|
In January, shareholders of Whitman voted against allowing the board to investigate the sale of their Pineapple Walk property to a developer.
The vote was momentous in a neighborhood being overwhelmed by unplanned development. Each shareholder would have received in excess of $120,000 if the building was sold.
It's nice to know that people still have the capacity to consider both long-term negative consequences and the effect of a 40-story tower on their neighbors.
As reported in the Brooklyn Eagle:
The Good Neighbor Award was presented to Robert Sage and Marilyn Brainin, board members of the Whitman Owner Corporation, representing the owners of 75 Henry Street. The co-op turned down a developer’s offer for Pineapple Walk. “Above all, they listened to the concerns of their neighbors – both those in their building and throughout Brooklyn Heights – and rejected the offer,” Stewart said. “We don’t see too many examples of such a decision, which combined pragmatism with selflessness.”
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