Crowded CB1 Public Hearing and Board Meeting at the Swinging Sixties Senior Center

by Lucy Zappone on

As Comptroller John Liu noted when he addressed the crowd, “A lot of action in Community Board 1!” and he was right. There were well over 100 people in attendance, many standing in the back or near the door after all the seats had been take. Here are some of the key items that were discussed at last week’s CB1 meeting:

transportation alternatives map

Map handed out by Transportation Alternatives showing the need for action on street safety

Transportation Alternatives are proposing a public street safety forum to cite specific infrastructure changes that need to be made to improve street safety in CB1 and CB4. For more information, visit the TA website.

During the Public Hearing part of the evening, the two most talked about items were the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, which has been turned into an events space and is applying for a liquor license, and the nine-story hotel project at 14 Olive Street.

The residents who spoke out against the Williamsburgh Savings Bank project sited that this would “be a great disturbance to the neighborhood” and that “the people of the neighborhood are not in support of this project.” 450 residents signed a petition against the project. The people speaking in favor of the project all seemed to be employed by the company (their attorney, the project manager, and designer), as well as two workers who were very interested in the potential job creation possibilities once the project is complete.

The concerns voiced about the hotel development at 14 Olive is that it is across the street from a school and parents are very concerned about the risk that might pose on their children.

Assemblywoman-elect, Maritza Davila (53rd district), said a few words and gave her number out (718-963-7029) saying she would like to hear what is going on in her district. Councilman-elect, Antonio Reynoso (34th district), also spoke stating that the community has to work together and that he was in support of the Two Trees Domino project (which received “boos” and hisses).

The Community Board then announced that it had approved the Two Trees Domino Sugar proposal with a couple recommendations, including adding more 3 bedrooms to the affordable units, allocating more units to residents making 30% of the AMI, and to give preference to local businesses when distributing the retail spaces.

Lucy Zappone

Lucy Zappone

Lucy is currently pursuing her masters degree in Urban Affairs at Hunter College. Originally from Seattle, Lucy has lived in New York since 2005 and in the charming Greenpoint neighborhood since 2010. Lucy is very excited to be interning with GWAPP and can be found at one of the many coffee shops in Greenpoint working away.