Community Board 1 Unanimously Agrees on Developer for the Site, but HPD Has Other Ideas
On September 9th Brooklyn Community Board 1 voted unanimously that the development of the Greenpoint Hospital be done by St. Nicks Alliance as GREC’s community development organization. Yet, NYC Housing Preservation and Development seems to have turned a deaf ear to these voices in total agreement. HPD is to mount a presentation on Wednesday, October 14th, the next meeting of Brooklyn Community Board 1, that has raised concerns there is an intention to seek a private builder for the Greenpoint Hospital site.
Jan Petersen, President of GREC, said, “We are confounded by yet another delay after 30 years. Our Community Plan was accepted by the City of NY when the community agreed to host a 200 bed homeless shelter. We urge NYC HPD to keep its word, accept the community plan and designate St. Nicks Alliance, the local community development corporation, as the designated master developer.”
The City’s stall in this circumstance is even more curious when valuable air rights are taken into consideration. As owners of the adjacent properties, only St. Nicks Alliance has the ability to allow an air rights transfer. This question adds to the deep concern that HPD is not following the community’s best interest.