Tuesday, April 2, 2013

CG CORD Comment on the EPA Proposed Gowanus Canal Clean-Up Plan

CG CORD/Carroll Gardens Coalition for Respectful Development
Brooklyn, NY
March 28, 2013

CG CORD Comment on the EPA Proposed Gowanus Canal Clean-Up Plan

We at CORD, the Carroll Gardens Coalition for Respectful Development wish to begin by thanking our "team" at Region 2 for their leadership, transparency and timeliness. But most of all, we wish to express our gratitude for their clear and ever present dedication to our Community.

We are very supportive of the Proposed Plan. We are delighted with the inclusion of the retention tanks. We totally support the suggested locations of those tanks,  the "salt lot" on Second Avenue, and under the former MGP site at the head of the Canal, AKA Thomas Greene Park. 

It is our sincere wish that the retention tank system be implemented. 

We see the New York City Long Term Control Plan mentioned many many times in the PRAP. In our experience, the City of New York has fallen short on most if not all of their promises regarding the Gowanus Canal and we see no reason to believe that their track record will improve anytime soon. With that in mind, we feel that the retention tank system is the only logical way to appropriately address the problems brought on by the CSO's. Any additional improvements/benefit  that may  eventually be enjoyed city wide by the NYC LTCP will be much appreciated icing on the cake--

Regarding the CDF/Red Hook Facility suggestion- we stand solidly behind the wishes of our neighbors in the Red Hook Community. We want whatever they want.

CG CORD Co-Founders:

Lucy DeCarlo
Rita Miller
Triada Samaras


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........