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Tobacco Warehouse, Now

Review & Comment
Henrik Krogius, Editor
Brooklyn Heights Press & Cobble Hill News

From the perspective of the Brooklyn Heights Association the judge’s ruling barring St. Ann’s Warehouse from the Tobacco Warehouse was a great victory. In a statement to members, association president Jane McGroarty stressed that the warehouse now “may not be privately developed or in any way altered except under strict guidelines.” From the point of view of preserving and maintaining the historic ruin, however, the ruling may not be so beneficial.

Maintaining this roofless structure in the absence of a regular tenant, or of any regularly scheduled use, will place an extra burden on Brooklyn Bridge Park. Where St. Ann’s Warehouse would have had a clear interest in, and responsibility for, its upkeep, the park will now have to spend out of its general maintenance funds to attend to the prevention of any further deterioration, without a guaranteed or regular source of income from future Tobacco Warehouse uses to help defray the cost. The danger is that the Tobacco Warehouse will become an orphan. Continue reading

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Tobacco Warehouse: Opportunity Destroyed

By Dennis Holt
Senior Editor

As Alice put it in her Wonderland adventures, “Everything’s got a moral, if you can only find it.”

This observer, and many others, have not been able to find a moral in the bizarre story about the Tobacco Warehouse. Almost no one can really comprehend what’s happening with this development. In major accounts in both the The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, there was a tone of “what’s really going on” by both reporters.

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Tobacco Warehouse Ruling Leaves Theater in Limbo

BHA ‘Gratified’ by Decision, but Some Locals Are Upset

By Samuel Newhouse
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

DUMBO — The roughly 140-year-old Tobacco Warehouse on Water Street in DUMBO cannot be converted or renovated for use by the St. Ann’s Warehouse theater, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

“What we’re feeling is relief, gratification and vindication that the court took the facts, and made the decision that we believe and always will believe is the right decision,” said Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) Executive Director Judy Stanton Thursday. “The judge’s language is very clear.”

The evidence “is so one-sided that [plaintiffs] must prevail as a matter of law,” wrote U.S. District Judge Eric N. Vitaliano of Brooklyn federal court in his ruling released this week in favor of the BHA, the Fulton Ferry Landing Association, the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Preservation League of New York State.

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Times Covers Tobacco Warehouse Saga

Brooklyn Broadside
By Dennis Holt
Senior Editor

on Friday, June 3, turned its editorial attention and creative use of photography on the almost mysterious saga of the future of the Tobacco Warehouse as part of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The planned re-use of the shell of the building has been held up by a lawsuit on a technicality of the legal process that was used to include transfer of the warehouse and the much larger Empire Stores to the new park. That case is still pending.

Observers of park planning will remember that the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation called for a Request for Proposals for re-use ideas for the warehouse which has no roof. A series of public meetings were held and the decision was made on a 99 year lease to let the St. Ann’s Warehouse renovate and re-use the building.

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Tobacco Warehouse Decision Vindicates Heights Association

Judge Rules ‘De-Parking’ Improper, City Still Hopeful

By Samuel Newhouse
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS – A federal judge has come down decisively on the side of the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) and its allies to halt the controversial development of the Tobacco Warehouse into a theater and performance space.

U.S. District Judge Eric N. Vitaliano of Brooklyn federal court handed down a temporary injunction on Friday, declaring that the Tobacco Warehouse and Empire Stores, 19th-century structures within Brooklyn Bridge Park, could not be legally removed from public park space for the purposes of development.

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Tobacco Warehouse Issue Is Back in Court

BHA, Others Allege State, City Pressure on Federal Agency

By Raanan Geberer
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

BROOKLYN — The New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA), and the Fulton Ferry Landing Association went back to court Tuesday on the Tobacco Warehouse issue.

They filed an amended complaint to their federal lawsuit challenging the recent decision by the National Park Service to allow the state Parks Department to remove the 19th century Tobacco Warehouse from federal park protection, allowing for the now-roofless warehouse’s development into a theater by the performing arts group St. Ann’s Warehouse.

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