Pols Highlight Brooklyn Bridge Park's Money Probs


More grim news on the Brooklyn Bridge Park front: Money shortages are likely to delay the completion of the park. In a joint statement released yesterday, all the politicians representing this stretch of the Brooklyn waterfront (Markowitz, Velazquez, Millman, De Blasio and Yassky) struck an ominous chord in anticipation of tomorrow night’s public meeting to disclose the financial status of the project: The private development that was to fund much of the park is on hold indefinitely and (though the first phase is expected to proceed as planned), they said, “No other public source for maintenance and operations expenses is available, and in these tough economic times, we do not believe these funds will come from government sources.” The current estimate for the park’s construction is $346 million, says the post, but only $231 million has ben budgeted. In addition to the development shortfall, the park is estimated to cost $16.1 million a year to maintain, a per-acre cost second only to Manhattan's Bryant Park. In light of the new challenges facing the park, the officials called for the reconstitution of the Community Advisory Council. The public meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Dibner Auditorium, NYU-Polytechnic University, 5 Metrotech Center. Full press release on the jump.
Is Most of BBP Being Put to Sleep for Now? [Curbed]
$16M a Year for Planned B'klyn Park [NY Post]
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