Historic homes near Brooklyn Navy Yard may be demolished if city buys the land

A group of historic homes near the Brooklyn Navy Yard will be demolished if the city is successful in purchasing the land. The city's planning department is holding a public meeting Wednesday to discuss the issue. The federal government owns the property. Now, the city wants to purchase the land and tear down the buildings to make way for new development at the site. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation says the site would be used for commercial purposes and create many jobs. Some members of the Fort Green Association say the city is wrong to tear down the historic buildings. They say preserving the buildings honors the Navy yard's heritage. A final decision on the site could be made in September. Related link: Admiral's Row History

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