Friday, May 30, 2014

New York City Still Unwilling Partner In Gowanus Canal Toxic Clean-up: SHAMEFUL!

 Above:  The Gowanus Canal is infamous for its views of raw sewage.  Is this what the future Lightstone Development inhabitants have to look forward to?

New York City has once again proven to the Greater Gowanus area that it is an unreliable and unwilling partner in the Gowanus Canal Toxic Clean-Up!  LINK

This startling news does not bode well to the current and future inhabitants of this "up and coming area."  The dreams for a "better" Gowanus may go down the sewer if the City of New York does not comply with the EPA.

From PMFA today:

"On Wednesday, May 28th, the US Environmental Protection Agency issued a Unilateral Order* to New York City  for conducting the design work for the remedial actions described in EPA’s Record of Decision (ROD) for the Gowanus Canal, which was signed last year."

"Specifically, the Order compels New York City to perform the design for siting and building the CSO retention tanks and for the excavation and restoration of the 1st Street Basin, as described in the ROD. The order also asks NYC to cooperate and coordinate with the other responsible parties for the dredging and capping portion of the ROD remedy." (edit)

"How sad that after decades of using the canal as an open sewer, New York City is still not stepping up to its responsibility towards the Gowanus community.  It is ironic that the City is trying to delay building retention tanks, but is planning to rezone Gowanus to allow more residential housing in Gowanus, which will just mean more human waste in the canal.  It is all rather foolish, no; shameful."  See PMFA for complete coverage.
We at CG CORD agree!
This is where we are now in the present:
As we live and breathe right now many of you have heard the piles drivings at the Lightstone Development. Those are going to be 700 units of luxury and affordable housing.

If the city continues on its stance that the retention tanks are too expensive let us remind you that this is what the new residents of the Lightstone Development have to look forward to when they look out their window:

The Infamous Poo Poo Tsunami


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........