At last night's Gowanus Canal Superfund Community Advisory Committee meeting
Jared Della Valle, President of Alloy
Councilmember Steve Levin
Kevin Jeffreys, Brooklyn Parks Commissioner
Eric Landau, DEP Associate Commissioner
It would also preserve the properties' tax base and create jobs in the area.
According to Jeffreys, a head house, if it were built in Thomas Greene Park, would take up about 29,000 to 30,000 square feet of the total 110,000 s.f. park area. "If you place it in Thomas Green Park, you interrupt the current park program" he stated. He stated that the land donation proposed by Alloy would only give the City a "marginal increase in park land." (57,000 sf.)
Eric Landau mentioned that construction of tank and head house in the park would take about 8 to 10 years, during which the park would have to remain closed versus 4 years if constructed on the privately owned land.
(One may want to point out here that the EPA estimates that the entire Superfund clean-up will take 12 years. Why it would take the City 8 years to build a pretty straight forward tank is anyone's guess.)
You can access Alloy's complete presentation to the CAG here.