Despite opposition from members of the community and parks advocates, the city is moving forward with plans for two more apartment buildings in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Times reports that the official Request For Proposals was released yesterday, asking developers to submit plans for towers that will hold a mix of luxury units and some units that will be affordable to the middle class. The new buildings are the final development site in the park, and they will be located near Pier 6 at Atlantic Avenue. They can rise 31 and 15 stories and hold a total of 430 apartments. Thirty percent of those will be affordable to moderate- and middle-income families.
The choice to put affordable units in the development has irked some residents already living in the park, because, as the Times writes, they it's wrong to "divert even a portion of the revenue from the sale of development rights to nonpark goals," i.e. affordable housing. However, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen pointed out that the park will still receive all the revenue from the development.
· Brooklyn Development Stirs Debates on Affordable Housing & Park Funding [NYT]
· Affordable Housing May Be Coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park [Curbed]
· All Pier 6 coverage [Curbed]
· Brooklyn Bridge Park [official]
· Pier 6 RFP [official]