Monday, November 05, 2007

Some Yardwork At Carroll Gardens' Public Place Site


After decades of neglect, the Smith and 4th Street Public Place Site got spruced up in the last few days. Someone did some major weed whacking on the highly polluted 5 acre lot which formerly was the Manufactured Gas Plant.
Not only is it now possible to clearly see into the fenced area, there is a brand new No Parking sign attached to the main entrance. The gate is securely locked with a new shiny padlock. It joins the ten others which kept the public off this toxic site since Brooklyn Union Gas decommissioned it in the 1960's .
What was in the dozen bags which were neatly stacked up near the entrance, I could not say. But they too where placed there recently.
More troubling to me is the barrel standing in plain view. Pardon me for asking but aren't there enough chemicals in the ground there already? There were even more barrels further into the lot, but it was impossible for me to get a picture of those.
Of course all of this activity is a precursor to the inevitable development of the site.
I have not heard how and when the necessary removal of the toxic dirt is to start. But it is safe to say that it will have to be a much more thorough clean-up than the one performed recently.

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