Draft of plan to build an 80-acre park along the Brooklyn waterfront approved
Plans to build a new park along the Brooklyn waterfront are moving forward with a draft of the proposal being approved by officials Friday.
The plan is to build an 80-acre park that would transform a 1-mile stretch from Atlantic Avenue to the Manhattan Bridge into an urban oasis. Charles Gargano, who heads the New York State Development Office, says it will cost $15 million a year to maintain the park. He says the money will come from 700 units of housing that will be built on the park's borders.
Residents in nearby Cobble Hill are not happy with the plan because it involves building a 30-story condominium complex. They say that is inconsistent with the original purpose. But state officials say the park needs housing in order to be economically feasible.
The final proposal is expected to be approved by the end of the year. Construction would then begin in 2008 and last five years. Public hearings on the plan will be held starting next month.