Judge strikes down suit against planned Brooklyn Bridge Park condos

BROOKLYN - A plan to build condos and park space in an industrial part of Brooklyn?s waterfront can continue, a judge ruled this week.

A Kings County Supreme Court justice struck down an argument Monday from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund, Inc. Plaintiffs argued the inclusion of private housing violates a state doctrine. The rule says land reserved for public use cannot be used for non-public purposes, like housing. Plan supporters argued the land the housing will be built on is not part of the parkland.

The project will span a 1.3-mile stretch of property that currently contains shipping piers, parking lots and storage sheds. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, along with city and state oversight, plans to install playing fields, playgrounds and boardwalks. The project is expected to begin in 2007 and be completed by 2012.

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