As the Save The View campaign continues to gain steam, let's turn our attention back to that other Brooklyn Bridge Park controversy, the one where the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC) said it might like to use one of its planned building sites for some affordable housing and a bunch of neighbors freaked out. One of the coded ways in which those neighbors managed to express their displeasure was by arguing that the original park plan called for the park to be funded by the proceeds from the housing that would be built on top of it, and since affordable housing would generate fewer proceeds than market-rate housing, and was not explicitly called for in the original plans, it should not be allowed.
Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that the BBPC may address that concern by seeking to modify the plan, "confirming that residential use may include affordable units." It is, in some ways, a tacit admission that, yes, the original plan didn't call for affordable housing, but it's also a way of saying: look, if we want to build some affordable housing, we're going to build some affordable housing, you big babies.
Of course, all of that is pretty much irrelevant as it pertains to the affordable housing opponents' arguments, as they have since completely reversed their stance and started arguing that no new housing should be built at all.
· Brooklyn Bridge Park Plan May Be Revised on Housing [WSJ]
· Brooklyn Bridge Park coverage [Curbed]