One Assembly member says she is worried about the “city’s lack of focus on the sustainability of this area”
Above: The Gowanus Canal by Max Touhey
"“I’m very concerned about the city’s lack of focus on the sustainability of this area,” said state Assembly member Jo Anne Simon, who represents Gowanus, at a recent city-hosted meeting to gather input on the proposed rezoning. “[Zoning documents] say it looks to become a model green neighborhood, create livable spaces, productive neighborhood for generations to come, but I don’t see how the city can expect to become a model green neighborhood without taking into account the CSO problems we have.”
"Environmental watchdogs fear a city-led rezoning to reshape Gowanus from a low-rise industrial area to a dense hub of residential development will inundate the Brooklyn neighborhood’s toxic canal with millions more gallons of raw sewage and work against a federal effort to clean up the waterway."