The Brooklyn Daily Eagle with a piece published last night about City Council-hopeful Brad Lander’s recent press conference “call[ing] for action to curb truck emissions and pollution expected from a rise in beverage shipments at Piers 7, 10 and 11.”
“It is critical that all parties, the EDC, Port Authority, ASI, Phoenix and port users, take significant short-term and long-term steps to reduce emissions, make sure that pedestrians, cyclists and residents are safe, and make the port into a model of sustainability,” said Lander.
Lander acknowledges the economic benefit of the entrance of Phoenix Beverages, but joins community environmental advocates in calling for a more rigorous “port action plan” to deal with changes brought on by the expected influx of new traffic and industry. One of the suggestions is a “first source” program intended to provide job opportunities to local residents. Check out the article for the rest of the proposed plan.
Useful update from the New York Observer about the continued controversey surrounding the EDC’s plans for the Red Hook piers.
At issue is the city Economic Development Corporation’s plan to lease the majority of Pier 11 to the beer distributor Phoenix Beverage, which is also leasing Piers 7 through 10 in a separate deal. That deal allows Phoenix to relocate from its current home in Long Island City.
But residents like Mr. Armstrong had hoped the city would endorse an alternative plan floated by Tom Fox, president of New York Water Taxi. Mr. Fox’s plan calls for a $100 million dollar Brooklyn Maritime Center, complete with full-service shipyard, marina, docks and a restaurant to be built at Piers 11 and 12, which together form a protected pool known as the Atlantic Basin.
It seems that Pier 11 is remaining unoccupied for the time being.
Gary Buiso at YourNabe reports that the LI-based beer distributor on its way to Red Hook will be moving into Pier 7, instead.
It’s still early in the whole process, but this looks like a check in the prudence column.
Much more to come, for sure, including, perhaps, a revival of Tom Fox’s grander plans for Pier 11.
In the meantime, what would you want to see done with Pier 11? Man-made beaches? Public space? Leave a comment.
UPDATE: The New York Times reports that the move will, in fact, be to both piers.