Saturday, June 4, 2011

LOCAL: Tobacco Warehouse Struggle Continues

Here's the update on the Tobacco Warehouse (previous coverage in four delicious parts):

St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Brooklyn theater whose versatile and cavernous playing space has become a magnet for New York and overseas acting troupes, is now confronting a likely fate that its leaders had worked years to avoid: homelessness.

Scheduled to lose its 14,000-square-foot home next May because of commercial development, St. Ann’s thought its long-term future was secure after the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation approved the theater’s plans to move across the street after renovating the old Tobacco Warehouse on the Dumbo neighborhood’s waterfront. But some Brooklyn civic groups oppose handing over that landmark ruin — a shell of a 19th-century building, mainly walls but no roof — to any single organization, and in April the groups won a court decision on a technical issue that probably will preserve the Tobacco Warehouse as an open neighborhood site for the next few years, at least.

Interestingly, the different Brooklyn-centric news sources I was following this in before completely failed to mention that St. Ann's was relying on this space as a future home... I very much hope there's some sort of a solution that salvages St. Ann's excellent work without invading an apparently active community site.