• 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.

     

     
  • Lightstone Group Says Hurricane Sandy Flooding Will Not Alter Development Plans

    In a recent article for The New York Times highlighting the damage sustained to buildings in Gowanus by the Canal’s floodwaters during Hurricane Sandy, a representative for the Lightstone Group — the developers behind the massive, 700-unit development that will break ground at 363-365 Bond Street in late 2013 — was quoted as saying that the canal and its toxic overflow will not impact the development’s plans at all:

    Ethan Geto, a spokesman for Lightstone, said that the plans for the project already take into account significant flooding and will not need to be altered. The buildings will be raised above the sidewalks, nine feet above high-tide level. The plans also call for state-of-the-art bulkheads and a new storm drain system to keep sewage from spilling into the canal.

    Oh well… it was wishful thinking to assume the development’s plans would be halted or altered in any way. But someone might want to tell Mr. Geto that Sandy’s floodwaters rose 14 feet above sea level.

     
  • CB6 Says: Bond Street Condo A Go Go…

    Despite its own sub-committee voting ‘no’ and despite a petition from FROGG with over 450 names in opposition, Community Board Six voted in favor of the Lightstone Group building a 700 unit condo at 363-365 Bond St. (formerly the Brothers property).

    PardonMeForAsking has the play by play from the meeting, which you should read. It opens with:

    Last night’s monthly meeting of Community Board 6…left many…scratching their heads and wondering about the board’s integrity.

    Read the story here.

     
  • Petition to Stop Lightstone’s Larger Version of the Toll Brothers Site

    Some Gowanus residents are very angry about the 12 story 700 unit condo project from the Lightstone Group, that is to be build without having to go through any of the normal approval procedures. This is because Limestone is building on a site already approved for residential condos (abandoned Toll Brothers Project). But… and there is a big BUT here, the location was only approved for a design that was 8 stories tall and had 447-units as oppose to 12 stories tall and 700 units. Residents want to have a say in a project that is much larger that previously approved.

    Friends & Residents of the Greater Gowanus (FROGG) have put together a petition for people to sign opposing the project. The petition request: a Proper Democratic ProcessFull Environmental Impact Review, that the Project Should Be Contextual With the Neighborhood, that the Project should be part of the Overall Framework for Gowanus, and have Affordable Housing.

    The petition is available online: http://savegowanus.org/petition

     

     
 

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