Dozens of Brooklyn residents spoke out against plans to put residential buildings inside Brooklyn Bridge Park during Tuesday night’s public hearing in Cobble Hill. Plans have been in the works for six buildings whose rent would help finance the park’s maintenance and upkeep, reports NY1.
A deal between the city and state requires the park to pay for itself. The private housing was one of a few options explored. More than 100 people offered alternative funding sources at the hearing.
“This is the first time in the city or the state, there will be private luxury housing inside the borders of a public park. Once you put private houses inside a public park, that land is gone forever,” said Judi Francis of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund. One more public hearing is scheduled for next week.