Phoenix Beverages Should Use Pier 7 Only To Reduce Truck Traffic On Our Residential Streets
To whom it may concern,
When Phoenix Beverages relocated to Red Hook, at Piers 7 and 11 on the Brooklyn waterfront, a part of their contract with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), signed off on by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was the stipulation that Phoenix's trucks use the internal roadways of the container terminal in which the piers are situated. This was something that was agreed to by Phoenix and guaranteed by the EDC in response to concerns by local residents and their representatives about the impact the added 200+ truck trips a day Phoenix would be bringing, both in pollution and traffic, to the neighborhood's already congested residential streets. Now, Phoenix and the EDC are saying that this stipulation was only made of the large container carrying trucks, not the delivery trucks which are now racing noisily through our residential streets. Due to this situation, we are now calling for a solution that ensures Phoenix use only Pier 7 - not Pier 11. This would mean that they wouldn't have to shuttle their trucks between piers 7 and 11 via Columbia Street, and then, in addition, they should be required to use the BQE exits/entrances right at or near Atlantic Avenue, giving them little need to go through any residential areas. Phoenix's owner, Greg Brayman, is quoted as saying "There's no other way to get between point A and point B". That is totally counter to previous assurances and what was told to the public in many community meetings, and as a result we are advocating for the removal of "Point A" from the equation. Phoenix only ever requested one Pier shed when they wanted to relocate to the Brooklyn Waterfront, so their sole use of the larger Pier 7 shed should meet the needs of their operations more than adequately. The other solutions being raised are unworkable or long term (the reconfiguration of Van Brunt Street), so with our community's need to address this matter urgently, we urge you to see this important change in Phoenix's operations implemented as soon as possible. If not, we feel Phoenix will be in breach of their contract and will have mislead the very community with which they are now neighbors, so we ask that their contract be terminated and the use of the piers be reassessed in accordance with Community Board 6 Guidelines and our 197a Plan.