• Is Construction Set to Begin on the Lightstone Group Condos on Bond Street?

    IMG_3939 Construction marking paint

    Gowanus Your Face Off has spotted freshly scribbled construction marking paint on the road and sidewalk on the east side of Bond Street between Carroll and 2nd Streets, the two square block parcel of land set to be the site of the controversial Lightstone Group condos. Construction marking paint is used to identify below-ground utility lines to protect them from damage during excavation.

    It’s worth noting that construction marking paint appears all over the city regularly and could’ve been laid down here for any number of reasons; road resurfacing, regular utility maintenance, cable or telephone repair, etc. But the exact location of these marks is suspicious; they are confined solely to the two-block parcel of land comprising the Lightstone Group site. The timing is right, too; while previous reports indicated the Lightstone Group would not break ground on the project until “late 2013,” it’s not hard to imagine a scenario in which they decided to get an early start.

    These particular construction markings are yellow, which according to Wikipedia indicates “natural gas, oil, steam, petroleum, or other gaseous or flammable material.”

    We are absolutely dreading the sound of piledrivers, jackhammers, cranes and trucks streaming through our windows at 7am every morning six days a week once this behemoth gets underway. Say, what ever happened with Councilman Brad Lander’s threat to urge the City Planning Commission to reject Lightstone’s application?

     
  • Brad Lander Says Lightstone’s Development Should Be A Wash

    Carroll Garden’s Patch broke the news…

    City Councilmember Brad Lander, sent an open letter yesterday to David Lichtenstein, Chairman and CEO of The Lightstone Group, pleading with the company to withdraw its application for development of 363-365 Bond Street. 363-365 Bond Street sits right off the Gowanus Canal at a property near the Carroll Street Bridge (formerly the Toll Brothers site). Councilmember Lander refers to the large amount of flooding from hurricane Sandy as the reason why The Lightstone Group should not build their current version of a 1,000 residential condo on the banks of the Gowanus Canal.

    You know this hurricane flooding…

    As one can see in the video the water from Sandy’s storm surge easily filled the property (behind the metal fence on the left side of the Carroll St. Bridge) where The Lightstone Group’s new condo is set to be build. This particular video shows the beginning of hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Later towards the end of the storm, this area had way more water in it. The flooding from the Canal actually went up Carroll Street in both direction and could have reached four to five feet on the 363-365 Bond Street property.

    Councilmen Lander is adamant about The Lightstone Group changing or canceling their plans for the location. He says that he would be glad to work with Lightstone in the future for development in the area, but gives them a very stern warning if they continue with their current plans. In the letter he tells The Lightstone Group:

    If you choose not to reconsider in light of what we have learned from Hurricane Sandy, but instead push forward with your existing proposal unchanged, I will urge the City Planning Commission to reject your application.

    Brad Lander doesn’t seem to be playing around and looking at the video and images during and after the storm no one should be.

    Gowanus dodge a bullet with this storm. The neighborhood is actually prone to flooding when it rains and hurricane Sandy was mostly wind and flooding from the storm surge. If there had been rain mixed with Sandy this situation would have been even more devastating for Gowanus and South Brooklyn. Imagine all the water running down the streets from Park Slope and Carroll Garden’s during a huge rainfall mixed with the power of a hurricane… it would have been disastrous!

    To read all of Councilmember Brad Lander’s letter go here.

     

     
 

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