View Full Version : BK-Brooklyn Hts/DT/DUMBO Walentas’s Dock Street school in DUMBO moves forward

04-22-2011, 10:42 AM
From the Brooklyn Paper (http://brooklynpaper.com/stories/34/17/dtg_dockschool_2011_4_29_bk.html) by Natalie O'Neill:
Developers of the controversial Dock Street high-rise project will make good by their promise to build a middle school inside their tower, inking a deal with the city this week for a 300-seat facility.

Two Trees Management — which owns the site under the Brooklyn Bridge — will swallow the cost of constructing the school, a move that the city says will save millions of dollars while providing a new option for District 13 families in DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights.

“We couldn’t be prouder or more excited,” said head developer Jed Walentas, adding that construction of the 17-story building will begin next spring and be completed in time for the 2014 school year.

From the outset, Walentas and his development team had promised the middle school as a sweetener to get the often-assailed project through the city’s public review process. Critics, including celebrities Ken Burns, historian David McCullough and actress Helen Hunt, attacked the promise as a sham to deflect attention from the project’s main flaw: Its proximity to the bridge and its size would destroy some views of the fabled span.

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