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Greenpoint Development Project Causes Concern Among Residents

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The public review process is underway for another development that would transform the Brooklyn skyline and its waterfront, though some Greenpoint residents are not on board with the project. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.

The view from Greenpoint is one developers hope will attract residents to a newly transformed waterfront.

Right now, much of the property is industrial.

A project called Greenpoint Landing, however, is looking to take 22 acres and build housing, a school, parkland and an esplanade in the area.

Some Greenpoint residents say no way.

"These projects are just a catalyst for more abuse with what the neighborhood is dealing with," said resident Kim Masson. "It's completely out of scale for a neighborhood that has three to four story buildings."

The developers have released a rendering of one relatively small-scale building, but the plans also include a number of buildings 40 stories high.

The developers wouldn't say how many of these buildings they plan on constructing.

While developers point to planned community access to their waterfront with 80,000 square feet of public space, critics point to the polluted Newtown Creek adjacent to the site and claim that much of the area is a brownfield.

Many critics voiced their environmental concerns at a public hearing at Borough Hall.

"What happened during Hurricane Sandy was all these lots these guys are going to build on flooded, and when they flooded, they flooded with the toxic water from the Newtown Creek," said resident Darren Lipman. "So, the next morning when I got up and went outside and took a walk around to see the damage, the whole place reeked of oil."

Residents say as the ground is dug up for construction, the air will become more toxic.

Developers argue they've done extensive testing and the site is clean, but opponents are circulating a petition calling for the state to do a study of its own.

There are also issues of whether the infrastructure can handle thousands of new residents at the development and another planned for an adjacent site, as well as issues of who will be able to afford to live there.

Earlier this month, the community board disapproved both projects, saying they don't have enough affordable housing.

Developers say there will be more than 400 affordable housing units, and they're working on providing ferry service as part of the neighborhood amenities.

The project goes before the City Planning Commission next month.

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