Community Board 1 members and Greenpoint residents met on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to discuss an application filed by McGuinness Realty Corp., the owner of property located at 209/231 McGuinness Blvd, proposing that parts of the land be used for commercial purposes.
Approximately 60 people attended the public hearing to voice their opinions on the matter.
Neil Weisband, a counsel in the Law Office of Slater & Beckerman, LLP., said the purpose of the application is to facilitate redevelopment of property on Greenpoint Avenue, McGuinnes Blvd., Calyer Street and a line 100 feet west of McGuinnes Blvd.
The proposal features an approximately eight-story mixed-use building with approximately 155,000 square feet of floor area, including approximately 141 dwelling units and 23,000 square feet of ground floor for commercial space.
The proposed facility would include a gym at 910 Manhattan Avenue, occupying a small portion of the first floor and the entire second and third floor areas.
“There’s absolutely no communication,” Jeannette Mocko said, a longtime resident of Greenpoint. “This is not what we want.”
Mocko, whose apartment building would be next to the proposed facility, said she had received a notice regarding the proposed gym three weeks ago. She stressed concerns about the gym’s daily hours and traffic that would come with the new building.
She also said she was concerned about how the sewer and water infrastructure would handle the development.
Greenpoint residents Kate Seisman and Zach Baylin voiced their concerns regarding any added traffic in the area that a new building would bring.
“This is already a very congested area,” Seisman said, who emphasized the growing amount of traffic at the intersection of McGuinnes and Greenpoint. “We need to put in a crosswalk at least to make it easier for pedestrians and bike traffic.”
While most residents attending voiced their complaints regarding the proposed new building, some felt the facility could add more housing units to the area. “We need more housing,” said Anthony Argento, a resident of the area. “This is a plus for the area, and I really think we should support it.”
Community Board 1 was expected to vote on the item on Wednesday, Sept. 12 their monthly meeting.