No Deal on Rose Plaza Yet
April 13th, 2010
Things don’t smell so rosy for Brooklyn development Rose Plaza on the River.
The approximately 800-unit Williamsburg mixed use development, nestled along the Brooklyn waterfront and south of the Williamsburg Bridge, was placed on the agenda for tomorrow’s City Council meeting. But according to a spokesperson for the councilmember who represents the area, Stephen Levin, the vote may not necessarily be in its favor.
“There are talks,” said Hope Reichbach, a spokesperson for Levin. But, she added, “nothing is final yet.”
When asked whether the council could reject the project, Reichback said, “It’s possible.”
When it comes to land use, the whole City Council usually defers to the member who represents the area. If he or she supports the project, it’s approved. If he or she doesn’t, well, you get the picture. Rose Plaza has become controversial, said Reichback, because of the amount of affordable units, around 20 percent, and the small number of apartments that could accommodate large families.
The council isn’t under the gun to vote tomorrow. Technically, it has to approve a land use application within 50 days of its approval at the City Planning Commission. City planning ok’d the project on March 8.
It’s not unprecedented for the council to vote against the sitting member. Just last year, the council approved the Dumbo Dock Street project — which happens to be in the same district as Rose Plaza. In that case, former Councilmember David Yassky opposed the project for fear it would obstruct the view of the Brooklyn Bridge.By Courtney Gross on April 13, 2010, 3:59 pm
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