Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Preservation vs. housing at Domino

The housing advocacy group Churches United delivered more than 3,000 signatures in support of giving top priority to affordable units, said Matt Sollet, the group's outreach coordinator.

"These signatures, which were collected in only three days, are a testament to the dire need for affordable housing in North Brooklyn," he said.

CPC Resources, the developer, currently plans to build 2,200 apartments on the site - with a third earmarked for families earning as little as $25,000, said President Mike Lappin.


Factory fight turning bitter

Martina Salisbury of the Waterfront Preservation Alliance said her group also supports affordable housing on the site.

But she said the commission should consider also landmarking other buildings that are as old as the central processing plant - including the Adant House and the Power House - as well as some newer buildings.

"It is important to recognize that Domino is not a relic of Brooklyn's ancient past but a real and vibrant part of its recent past," she said.

The group collected more than 4,300 signatures supporting further preservation efforts, she said, including 1,300 delivered last week to the commission.


What's the deal with all these church groups sticking their nose into land use issues?

Photo from Gothamist

9 comments:

who walk in brooklyn said...

while i haven't sorted out all the players yet, "god" is big in the real estate biz & except for the fact it's not "luxury" (sic) condos, can anyone praise or rejoice over (say) the Jehovah's Witness buildings in Brooklyn? how about Trinity Church (as phony a 9/11 "hero" as Rudy himself), landlord?

once in a while there are progressive & activist church groups, as seems to be the case here (but i could be wrong; the Rev. Herbert Daughtry sure is on Atlantic Yards).

also, do you remember when pre-"Hero" Rudy wanted to sell off all the community gardens & QUEENS native Bette Midler & others came to the rescue? (thank you, Bette.) well, one of the spots here in Brooklyn was adjacent an RC church in Gowanus & a Monsignor (or whatever the proper title is) led the anti-Rudy charge there. it made for great theater, tho' perhaps not as great as the watching the observant, married Mayor running around town with his... mistress (the first one, i.e. the press secretary who became head of loathesome "NYC & Co," not the one who had NYPD retrieve her lost cell phone.)

ah, memories!

wwib

Anonymous said...

To any greedy bastard looking to collar some prime NYC real estate....THE WATERFRONT IS GOLD !


And by hook....certainly ....by crook, they'll have their way with it for sure !

As we've all seen....LANDMARKS AREN'T FIREPROOF !!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah! No more low-income housing! Kick the poor to the curb! Our abandoned ruins are way more important than giving someone a clean place to live!

My God. You people make me sick.

Jerzy said...

"Yeah! No more low-income housing! Kick the poor to the curb! Our abandoned ruins are way more important than giving someone a clean place to live!"

Who on this blog ever said that?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 2 is saying that when you prefer landmarking a rusting decrepit factory over making a better use out of it by creating affordable housing, you're in effect saying "screw you poor people." Which, of course, is exactly the message it conveys.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous 2 is saying that when you prefer landmarking a rusting decrepit factory over making a better use out of it by creating affordable housing, you're in effect saying "screw you poor people." Which, of course, is exactly the message it conveys."

Actually, there is no reason you can't have both. There is a landmarked housing project in Brooklyn.

Anonymous said...

You can't have both in the case of the Domino factory because where the factory is now is where the homes would be later. Unless people live in the factory.

Queens Crapper said...

Yes. It's been done with many other industrial buildings throughout the city.

Anonymous said...

Waterfront "ruins" (as you call therm) will never be used for "affordable housing" !

Water views are reserved exclusively for the wealthy.... in case you haven't noticed !

Take a good long clear look at all the luxury conversion housing that's sprouting up along the city's waterfront !

You don't see any new low income projects being built there nowadays !

They'd displace the residents of the Queens Bridge Houses (if they could get away with it) and make them luxury apartments with a water view like that !

Look what they've already done to Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan.....vacated apartments now become "market value" housing !