In March, the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) withheld approval for the two-tower, mixed-income residential project at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, located in southern Brooklyn Heights. The city selected RAL Development and Oliver Realty Group, with ODA New York as the architect, to develop a 29-story, 192-unit condominium building and a 14-story, 147-unit mixed-use rental building with 117 below-market-rate apartments, a preschool, a 930-square-foot retail component, and 1,500-square-foot community facility. Now, the ESD is withdrawing from the project, entirely over concerns regarding ties between the developers and the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Politico New York reports.
As a result, the city plans to move forward with a slightly different project that would solely be built under the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, according to the New York Times. Now planned is a 26-story, 116-unit market-rate condominium tower and a 12-story, 188-unit rental building with 131 below-market-rate apartments. The agreement also requires the developers to pay the city $98 million (previously $105 million), in addition to an annual rent, which would go towards maintaining the park. It’s not exactly clear whether or not the ESD will have to approve the amendments to the project, or whether the retail or community facility components are still included.
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