Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Gowanus Residents ( & their neighbors ) Unite!

[this post re-produced from the FOB mailing list]

There are a number of issues important to Carroll Gardens residents that have been brought into public discussion. Acknowledging the interest and concern we have expressed, three separate meetings have been scheduled for next week by city agencies,elected officials and KEYSPAN.

The members of the CGNA Board encourage everyone to attend at least one of the meetings. Bring a family member, a friend, a neighbor! (I don't think pets can be accommodated).

These three meetings are all scheduled for Wednesday, May 7.

In time order:

1. Check your mail. A notice was sent out from KEYSPAN/NATIONAL GRID.
They will hold the first public meetings to "discuss the remedial investigation of a former manufactured gas site located at DeGraw near the Gowanus Canal". This is the beginning KEYSPAN's participation in the public discussion on cleaning up the Gowanus gas sites. There are a total of 17 sites. Meetings on Public Place, the Toll Bros site, etc to follow.

Meeting site: PS 32 (317 Hoyt St at Union)
Times: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM and 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

2. Borough President Marty Markowitz will hold a public meeting
to discuss the pending text amendment proposed by the Department of City Planning. This text amendment will correct the inappropriate "wide street" designation currently applied to the Place blocks; they will be designated as narrow streets, as they were originally defined by law
when they were created, and will match the bulk permitted on the other residential blocks of Carroll Gardens.
Meeting site: Borough Hall, Community Room
Joralemon St entrance
Time: 5:30 PM

3. Plan for the Future Forum: The Gowanus
Sponsored by City Councilmember Bill DeBlasio, CB6, Gowanus Dredgers, Gowanus Canal
Development Corporation and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy Representatives of the NYS Departments of Environmental Conservation, Education, City Planning, Buildings, NYPD, FDNY and NYC Parks and Recreation will be on hand to answer questions. For more info and to pre-register questions,
call Tom Gray at 718 854 9791.
Meeting site: 2nd St at the Gowanus Canal (off Bond)
There will be a tent at the site if the weather is bad.
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Once again, we urge everyone to attend at least one of these meetings!