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.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."