Monday, January 6, 2020

Please read about the Highly toxic site called "Public Place" in Brooklyn slated for residential developed and "affordable housing"

Public Place is Highly toxic yet slated for residential development.
It is full of coal tar, a well-know and harmful-to-humans carcinogen. 
So why put people in harm's way?
Please read this devastating article in The Guardian entitled,  

Is this the version of "Affordable Housing" you have in your mind for Brooklyn?
It is definitely NOT the type of Affordable Housing CORD envisions.

Please read our letter to the Brooklyn CB 6 Chairperson Peter Fleming below.
Consider writing one of you own!  Choose one or more from the links below or send to your own elected officials!

To  Brooklyn Community Board 6, Peter Fleming, Chair

Dear CB6,

Attached please find a Guardian article which very simply explains why we, at CORD, are so opposed to the development of the Public Place for residential use. 

We do not believe that the additional two or three feet of soil placed over the plastic sheeting “barrier” will be any more protective of the perspective residents on the Public Place site as the two feet of soil placed over the plastic sheet “barrier”’was for those on the New Orleans site in the article attached (via link) below. 

It is sheer nonsense to bill that “barrier” as anything more than an indication to someone digging around in that dirt that what lies beneath it is severely and hazardously contaminated. 

Of course there was a time when the plastic sheeting was being presented as a “vapor barrier” although that has not been mentioned in quite some time.  

Either way, how are the developers and advocates of the Gowanus Green project now spinning how once the barrier is breeched  to dig foundations for the 30+ (?) story high buildings, a “barrier” for prevention of vapors or anything else will still be effective?

Those who are now living with the consequences of such willful
negligence, like the people in New Orleans, would certainly not recommend subjecting others to it. 

Perhaps the Community Board, in an effort to explore this subject more thoroughly would consider taking a genuine look at the health risks and documented consequences of projects akin to Gowanus Green. 

There are other places besides New Orleans where the 
Hazards of PAH exposure have taken their toll on communities. 

The Community Board should take some responsibility for the health of their community members in this. You have an obligation not only to those of us living here now, but to the community members who will come. 

Please read the attached article. 

You have a voice in what happens here. You are our voice - the voice of everyone this project endangers. 

Lucy DeCarlo, Rita Miller, Triada Samaras

'We’re just waiting to die': the black residents living on top of a toxic landfill site
In the 1980s, black New Orleanians were encouraged to buy houses built on a toxic landfill....

Read in the guardian:


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........