Cobble Hill Locals Not Happy with Proposed High-Rise Condo Towers

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Rendering of proposed Cobble Hill condo development. Courtesy Williams New York.
Rendering of proposed Cobble Hill condo development

Aug. 10, 2015 — Residents of Cobble Hill are giving a resounding thumbs down to the high-rise condo towers that Fortis Property Group has proposed to build in the former Long Island College Hospital site. Locals believe the towers "would cause a drastic surge in population density and traffic congestion in the quaint neighborhood," reported DNAinfo. One of the proposals includes one tower that would be "at least" 40 stories high built between Pacific Street and Atlantic Avenue, along with 19-, 14- and 11-story buildings. The other proposal, which would require rezoning, "would put a 40-story residential building at Hicks Street and Atlantic Avenue closer to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway with 30- and 20-story buildings at the LICH site." Locals say both proposals are "out-of-scale" and that the tallest structures are at least twice as high as they think they should be. They are also "particularly anxious over the influx of new residents that the development would bring." They should also be concerned about that "at least 40 stories" — residents of the Lower East Side got a nasty surprise after a proposed tower they already thought was too tall at 56 stories got the okay to rise to up to three times higher than the Manhattan Bridge.

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