In yet another example of the serious need to enact Sunshine Zoning laws to help protect parks and open spaces comes news that shadows from another large development will have an adverse impact on park land. For three seasons of the year according to the DEIS the up to forty story high buildings will cast more than three hours of new midday shadows in Grand Ferry Park, a 1.8 –acre waterfront park in Williamsburg as first reported by the NY Post's Brooklyn Blog.
An influential North Brooklyn civic group came out swinging today against a $1.5 billion plan to bring 2,200 new apartments to the former Domino Sugar factory site in Williamsburg, saying the ever growing neighborhood can’t handle such a population boost, according to the NY Post Brooklyn Blog.
"We just don’t have the infrastructure and services to handle all these new people," said Phil DePaolo, president of the New York Community Council.
He pointed out there are at least three other projects in the works or seeking city approval that would bring another 4,000 units of housing to North Brooklyn. This includes the controversial 1,851-unit Broadway Triangle development approved by the City Council last month.
But that doesn’t include about 10,000 units of housing anticipated to be generated through the city’s 2005 Greenpoint-Williamsburg rezoning, which allowed for high-density residential buildings along the waterfront.
The DEIS does acknowledge that the project would significantly impact certain parts of Williamsburg, such as nearby Grand Ferry Park.
The document says the new glass and brick buildings the development would bring, which range from 6 to 40 stories high, would cast more than three hours of new midday shadows on the 1.8 –acre waterfront park.
This, the report states, would cause "a significant adverse impact to the users of this open space during the fall, winter and early spring, and would likely also adversely impact the park’s vegetation."
City Planning Certifies Domino Sugar Waterfront Development [Brooklyn Eagle]
City Planning Certifies Waterfront Project [Courier Life]
New Landscape Renderings on 'New Domino' Site [Brownstoner]
Inside the LPC Meeting About Domino: New Plan OK'd [Brownstoner]
LPC Still Not Buying Domino Plan [Brownstoner]
New Domino Plans Falter at LPC Hearing [Brownstoner]
More Domino Plans [Brownstoner]
Domino Sugar Factory Proposed Addition Revealed [Brownstoner]
BREAKING! LPC Approves Historic Designation for Domino [Brownstoner]
CPC Shows and Tells Its Plans for Domino [Brownstoner] GMAP
Plans for 'New Domino' Released by City Planning [Brownstoner]