Brooklyn Bridge Park Stop Work Order Fuels Calls to Stop All Construction in Pier 1

More than a dozen Build Up NYC activists were joined by community allies and local elected officials February 2 to symbolically “block the view” of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s office using a large stop sign. The action came in response to a partial stop work order issued on January 26 at the Starwood Capital Group/Toll Brothers construction site at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1.

Led by neighborhood activist and painter by trade Dave Ramsey, a letter was presented to the BBPC “calling for transparent and responsible development practices that protect our historic views and conform to the area’s zoning regulations.” Speaking outside the BBPC office, Ramsey added, “When developers disregard regulations and community standards, we must stand together to make sure development on public land is done responsibly, with the community in mind.” This stop work order is the tenth to be issued at the construction site since 2013, fueling calls from the community to halt all construction in Brooklyn Bridge Park until a public review process can confirm the development is being built in compliance of any agreements with the community and the Department of Buildings’ zoning height regulations.

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Curbed NY, Jeremiah Budin, February 3, 2015