Monday, October 29, 2012

Pre-Hurricane Gowanus Canal Flooding Into Lightstone Site

Here are some alarming images of the Gowanus Canal, ALREADY flooding into the Lightstone Development Site and elsewhere along the Gowanus Canal from Gowanus artist, Margaret Maugenest taken at 10 AM today.  
Please remember, as you view these images, that the hurricane had not hit the canal in full force yet.
As we said at this blog yesterday, this area is  designated as "Zone A" in NYC. It is (obviously) a floodplain and has been evacuated for the second CONSECUTIVE year due to a hurricane.  
Does this look like a good place to put 700 units of new housing?
We don't think so either.
Is the Gowanus Canal a highly contaminated, Federally funded "Superfund" site as well?
One of the most contaminated places in the country in one of the highest density residential areas????

"As a result of years of discharges, storm water runoff, sewer outflows and industrial pollutants, the Gowanus Canal has become one of the nation's most extensively contaminated water bodies."  EPA Link


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........