Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Update On Construction At Lightstone Group's 700 Unit Project Next To Toxic Gowanus Canal

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Lightstone Group's development in Gowanus as seen from the Carroll Street Bridge
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The development site as seen from Bond Street at First Street
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The 700-unit Lightstone Group development project at 363-365 Bond Street between Carroll Street and Second Street, adjacent to the Gowanus Canal, has been progressing at a rather fast clip these past few weeks. So far, most of the actual construction has been taking place on the 365 Bond Street site, which was the first of the two sites to have been environmentally remediated under the New York State Brownfield program this past summer.

The 363 site, which is much more polluted, still needs to be remediated.
Late last week, Lighstone issued a construction update to the community via Geto & de Milly, Inc.,  the developer's public relations firm.  It reads:

Dear Neighbor,

I’m writing to provide you with an update on construction activities at Lightstone’s 363-365 Bond Street project in Gowanus.

Bulkhead installation is anticipated to begin along the Canal on Wednesday, January 21st. This work involves the installation of metal sheeting that may be intermittently noisier than typical day-to-day construction. As always, Lightstone will continue to do its best to mitigate disruptive noise.

Test piles at 363 Bond Street will continue next week, and environmental remediation work at 363 Bond Street will continue during the month of January.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jhendricks-atkins@getodemilly.com.

Regards,

Julie Hendricks-Atkins
Geto & de Milly, Inc.

Though only a fraction of the Lightstone Group development has gone up so far,  it has become all too clear to most local residents that it will change the nature of Gowanus forever.  When completed, parts of the development will rise 12 stories along the canal and will be visible from as far as Carroll Park and Smith Street.




7 comments:

Rob said...

Just think how much more fun it will be riding the F train in a couple of years.

Margaret Maugenest said...

Abysmal.

Anonymous said...

Area is going to be much improved when completed.
I am all for it.

Anonymous said...

Great news! Wonderful to finally see more residential in Gowanus, replacing scrapyards and junk.

Anonymous said...

This project didn't replace scrapyards and junk. It replaced low rise industrial buildings which had contained active businesses.

Anonymous said...

The Firehouse building on the corner next to the site is still flying their flag at half-mast for the officers.

It is so sad now to see that flagpole dwarfed by the height of this development, and it will yet double that size next to the firehouse building.

Money really does trumpets all.

Dan S. said...

At the end of the day, I just simply don't like the way they look. Nor do I like the people who buy these. Death of the middle class. :(