Land grab at old union hall

Land grab at old union hall
The Brooklyn Paper / Tom Callan

Workers have begun making preparations for the demolition of the old International Longshoremen’s Association union clinic on Court Street — and a coalition of residents and elected officials is hoping to stop the owners of the site from building a 21-story tower.

The Clarett Group — famous for its 30-story, Flatiron-style Forte Condo tower near the Brooklyn Academy of Music — bought the former clinic from Long Island College Hospital this summer.

For months, the building and its large, concrete courtyard were quiet. But when workers started doing the pre-demolition work this month, neighbors started waving red flags.

“What we’re all concerned about is that things are going on without any information,” said Debra Pearlman, who lives on nearby Sackett Street.

Assemblywoman Joan Millman (D–Carroll Garden) said she would oppose a sleek tower like the Forte on that quaint part of Court Street.

“I have had some productive conversations with the Clarett Group with regards to the height and design of the building.” said Millman.

“Until we see actual plans, I remain deeply concerned about the height and density of any proposed building on that site,” she added.

Clarett did not return calls seeking comment.

After serving as the longshoremen’s clinic, the building housed the schools of nursing and radiological technology for Long Island College Hospital.