NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There are concerns megatowers going up in the 57th Street area could dim parts of Central Park.

A community board meeting was held Tuesday night at the New York Public Library to discuss what has become a contentious issue.

Layla Law-Gisiko, chair of Community Board 5’s Sunshine Board Task Force, said 10 to 12 megatowers are planned in the area.

“They will cast incremental shadows on the park,” Law-Gisiko told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “This is really a serious issue because as much as you cannot blame that on one particular culprit the cumulative impact of these towers will be detrimental to the park.”

Studies showed that buildings exceeding 1,000 feet will create different shadows at different times of the year. In some cases those shadows will be 20 blocks long.

As 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported, City Councilman Mark Levine, who chairs the parks committee, is proposing a bill that could stop future development and keep parks out of the dark

“Sunlight and warmth bring parks to life and we’re losing it on the southern end of Central Park, and parks all over the city are vulnerable,” he said.

The meeting was meant to bring developers and residents together to find ways to satisfy the needs of both, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

Developers have said shadows cast by their towers would be minimal.

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