Conversion EA for Tobacco Warehouse/Empire Stores

**Please note that the public comment period is now closed.**

Environmental Assessment for the Conversion of the Empire Stores and Tobacco Warehouse

The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed conversion of approximately 2.652 acres of the former Empire Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn, including the Empire Stores and the Tobacco Warehouse, under Section 6(f)(3) of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (LWCFA) has been released by the City of New York and is now available for public review. The proposed conversion would remove protections limiting use of this property to outdoor recreation to allow for the adaptive reuse of the Empire Stores and the Tobacco Warehouse. As required by Section 6(f), 0.863 acres of land bordered by Adams Street, Plymouth Street and the Main Street section of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and currently used by the City of New York, will be added to the land protected by Section 6(f) and to Brooklyn Bridge Park for outdoor recreation and other Section 6(f) allowable uses. This action must be approved by the National Park Service (NPS). The EA, which considers the potential environmental impacts from this proposed action, was prepared by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, in cooperation with the City of New York, for NPS as lead agency, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended.

In addition to the download available on the page, the EA and the proposed conversion application are available for review at the offices of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn.

Click here to download the EA.

Click here to download the City of New York’s draft conversion application.

Click here to download the exhibits to the draft conversion application.

The EA draws on analysis from the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) prepared for the Brooklyn Bridge Park project in 2005 by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation with the New York State Empire State Development Corporation serving as lead agency. That FEIS is available here.