Long List of Concerns for Gowanus Rental Development

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More than 100 residents, activists and civic leaders showed up to the Community Board Six meeting last night to express their concerns over the planned 700-unit rental development for Gowanus by the Lightstone Group. The Brooklyn Paper reported that many were concerned the area’s infrastructure cannot support 1,400 new residents. Others were concerned about the polluted state of the Gowanus Canal, now a federal Superfund site. (The Superfund status is why Toll Brothers walked away from the development previously.) Others praised the project for bringing needed housing to the area and opening up the closed-off waterfront, factors the Lightstone Group were stressing too. The apartment complex includes a landscaped public esplanade, storm sewer upgrades, and 140 below-market-rate rental units. Developers are seeking only “minor modifications” to the Toll Brothers plans, which already went through the ULURP process, but many residents want Lightstone to undergo another city review. If Lightstone is able to avoid the full city review, they plan to break ground as early as next September. Update: As PMFA reported, the board requested that City Planning not move ahead with this and that it be tabled until a supplemental environmental impact study is performed, that 30 percent of the housing be affordable, that the height be reduced to eight stores, and that the developers follow the Community Board Responsible Contractor Conditions.
Critics: Gowanus Canal Development Would Be Too Populous [Brooklyn Paper]
Neighbors Concerned About Gowanus Development [Brownstoner]
All the Details on Lightstone’s Gowanus Development [Brownstoner]
New Developer Eyes Toll Brothers’ Old Gowanus Site [Brownstoner]

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