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Proposals for Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Development Are Green All Over
Posted By Brit Liggett On December 2, 2011 @ 4:30 pm In Architecture,Brooklyn | No Comments
The 2005 plan for the Brooklyn Bridge Park mandated that the park be self sustaining financially. In a move to make that a reality, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation  (BBPC) sent out the Pier 1 Hotel & Residential Development Request for Proposal  (RFP) for a combined residential, hotel and restaurant development to be built on the property directly abutting the park. The stellar views, prime real estate, and highly anticipated development attracted some pretty stellar names in the architecture and hospitality world. Those draws combined with the park’s dedication to sustainability  resulted in proposals slathered with green roofs, green walls, and publicly accessible green spaces.
rendering of WASA/Studio A and Two Trees’ proposal
The RFP for the development  mandated a lot of the green elements that the proposals reflect. BBPC requested green spaces on ground level, public access to restrooms, storm water retention system connections to the park, a mass of trees on street level and a general sense of sustainability for the project. The projects were unveiled at a public meeting on November 22nd about the development, and the end of the public comment is just a few weeks away on December 22nd. The short window for the public’s review of the proposals and a general sense that BBPC hasn’t been transparent enough in the development process has many community members and BBP advisory members upset.
The meeting on November 22nd was the only planned meeting about the development before the December 22nd deadline. In addition to the small window for public comment, BBPC has released little information  about the specifics of the buildings — energy use, type of building materials and impact of construction of the buildings are all missing from the very visual presentation of the projects — and they have also noted they’ll be releasing no financial information about the project until a winner is chosen. “We maintain that Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s schedule for review of the proposals does not offer adequate opportunity for public review and comment,” Councilman Steve Levin , state Senator Daniel Squadron  and Assemblywoman Joan Millman  who represent the area of DUMBO where the park is located wrote in a letter to the BBPC. “For a project as important as this, a single public presentation at a regular [community advisory council] meeting is inadequate.”
For now, we’re content to be dazzled by the green roofs and green spaces that abound in the projects proposed  by the architecture and hospitality teams of Alloy Development and Starwood , Toll Brothers  and Rogers Marvel , Extell  and Beyer Blinder Belle , SDS and Leeser , Dermot  and FX Fowle , WASA/ Studio A  and Two Trees, and finally RAL and CDA.
Via Arch Paper 
Lead image: rendering of the Dermot and FX Fowle proposal
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URLs in this post:
 Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation: http://www.brooklynbridgeparknyc.org/
 Pier 1 Hotel & Residential Development Request for Proposal: http://www.brooklynbridgeparknyc.org/about-us/business-opportunities/pier-1-hotel-residential-development
 dedication to sustainability: http://www.brooklynbridgeparknyc.org/sustainability
 The RFP for the development: http://www.brooklynbridgeparknyc.org/about-us/project-approvals-presentations
 Steve Levin: http://council.nyc.gov/d33/html/members/home.shtml
 Senator Daniel Squadron: http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/daniel-l-squadron
 Assemblywoman Joan Millman: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Joan-L-Millman/
 Alloy Development : http://alloyllc.com/
 Starwood: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/
 Toll Brothers: http://www.tollbrothers.com/
 Rogers Marvel: http://www.rogersmarvel.com/
 Extell: http://www.extelldev.com/
 Beyer Blinder Belle: http://www.beyerblinderbelle.com/
 Leeser: http://www.leeser.com/
 Dermot: http://www.dermotcompany.com/
 FX Fowle: http://www.fxfowle.com/
 WASA/ Studio A: http://www.wasallp.com/
 Arch Paper: http://blog.archpaper.com/wordpress/archives/28035
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