Assemblywoman Millman Testifies Against Development Project at Independence Community Bank

January 25, 2006
Brooklyn, N.Y. – On January 24, 2006, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman submitted testimony in opposition to the proposed development of a luxury apartment complex at a Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing. The proposed sixty-foot building, which would connect to the Independence Community Bank building, would dwarf the neighboring low-rise buildings and would violate the Cobble Hill Historic District height limit of fifty feet.

She stated, “The southern side of Atlantic Avenue between Court and Clinton is a block comprised of low-rise historically contributing buildings that make up one of Brooklyn’s most prized neighborhoods. A building of that height will disrupt the architectural streetscape and mar the neighborhood’s character. Furthermore it is important to uphold the height limit as not to set a precedent for bypassing historic district regulations simply to make a profit. The proposed structure offers no benefit to the community at large, and will only serve to encourage other developers to flout regulations mandated by the law.”

In addition to speaking out against the new building proposal, Assemblywoman Millman voiced her opposition to the corresponding demolition of the historic structure currently located at the proposed site. “If the proposal is approved, the community will not only lose a historically valuable building, but once again a precedent will be set so developers can bypass regulations in the future,” she said.

Millman ended by showing her support for the community. She stated. “Community Board 6, Cobble Hill Association, Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association, Boerum Hill Association, and Brooklyn Heights Association have all taken the position that 130 Court Street not be allowed to violate the restrictions of the Cobble Hill Historic District. I join the community in this position and I urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to do the same.”