Done arguing: Civic group will not appeal court’s decision to allow Pier 6 towers in Bridge Park

Coming soon: Developers released new renderings of the 28-story luxury tower at Pier 6, now called Quay Tower.
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What’s almost done is done.

Opponents of the two in-progress towers that a judge in February ruled could legally rise at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 — months after developers started building them — will not appeal the decision, according to the head of the civic group that sued to stop the development back in 2016. The Brooklyn Heights Association will instead divert its attention to other issues in the nabe, said its executive director, who took one last swipe at park leaders in his announcement.

“We will not pursue an appeal, and our legal challenge to the Pier 6 development has ended,” said Peter Bray. “We hope that the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation will be more respectful of its commitments to the community in the future.”

Leaders of the Heights Association took park bigwigs and their chosen builders RAL Development Services and Oliver’s Realty Group to court after the real-estate firms filed plans for the 15- and 28-story towers at the foot of Atlantic Avenue — the shorter of which will contain 100 units of so-called affordable housing — charging the project violated Brooklyn Bridge Park’s governing document, the 2006 General Project Plan, which permits development within the green space only to rake in moolah needed to maintain it.

But meadow attorneys dismissed that charge, arguing that the high-rises would generate money the cash-strapped park needed to repair Pier 6’s supportive timber pilings from the 1950s, which are being gnawed away by wood-eating crustaceans called marine borers.

And on Feb. 16, seven months after the case’s first public hearings began in a Manhattan courtroom, Justice Carmen St. Victoria St. George ultimately ruled in favor of the semi-private corporation that oversees the meadow in conjunction with the city, green-lighting the towers that her predecessor, Justice Lucy Billings, allowed the developers to start building last July on the condition that whatever went up ahead of the final decision could be “undone.”

Workers nearly finished constructing the shorter tower at 15 Bridge Park Drive by the time St. George ruled, and now the 15-story building is fully topped out with a scheduled spring 2019 opening, a rep for the developers said.

And contractors have completed 16 floors of the 28-story high-rise at 50 Bridge Park Drive, christened Quay Tower, which builders expect to top out later this spring before welcoming its first occupants next summer, according to the rep, who said the 126 luxury condominiums inside it — which include two-bedrooms starting at $1.9 million and five-bedrooms at $5.5 million — will go on sale in the coming months.

The leader of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation said the group looks forward to completing the Pier 6 towers, and will work with locals to ensure their needs are met as the green space evolves.

“We are pleased to put the litigation behind us and move ahead with this essential project,” said Eric Landau. “We look forward to working closely with the community not only throughout construction, but beyond, as we continue to make Brooklyn Bridge Park one of the city’s most popular public open spaces.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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