Tuesday, June 7, 2011

PUBLIC PLACE, sight of future housing, is HIGHLY contaminated!

Hello from CORD!

Below is a recent post from the Brownstoner Blog indicating what CORD has known all along: that Public Place, the site of future housing, is HIGHLY contaminated!

From the Brownstoner Blog:

"The Post and Daily News have stories about how the Environmental Protection Agency has sounded an alarm about the levels of pollution at a few properties in Gowanus, including the site off Smith and 5th where a development involving more than 750 units of housing is planned. According to the article in the Post, the cleanup plan for the land that’s supposed to one day be home to the Gowanus Green project (old rendering above), with 774 residential units, is “superficial.” The cleanup, which is being undertaken by National Grid, involves digging eight feet into the soil in most spots to remove coal tar, but a rep for the EPA says the gas company should be going down at least 30 feet “to remove contaminated soil and guarantee the tar doesn’t continue seeping into the canal and nearby properties.” However, the Department of Environmental Conservation, which is monitoring the cleanup, says it’s satisfied with National Grid’s plan. Meanwhile, the Daily News reports that the EPA has also found that “site of a Lowe’s home improvement store is still leaking pollution into the canal even though a state-monitored cleanup was supposedly finished before the store opened seven years ago” and the property where Toll Brothers intended to build a big project was more contaminated than the developer’s investigation showed."


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........