Monday, November 17, 2014

Community Meeting Reminder: Lightstone Group To Provide Information On Construction Activity For Mega Gowanus Project

Lightstone Group's construction site at 363-365 Bond Street in Gowanus
Rendering of Lightstone Group's 700 unit rental development in Gowanus

Important Community Meeting tomorrow evening

The information above was distributed by Councilmember Brad Lander's office to neighbors of Lightstone Group's massive 700 unit rental development on the shores of the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal.
According to an email sent out by the Councilman's office, the developer "has agreed to host a community meeting before they begin the next phase of construction for their development at 363-365 Bond Street. Neighbors will have the opportunity to hear an update of the project, get a sense of the construction timeline, and ask questions directly to project representatives."

The construction of the first phase of the project at 365 Bond Street between First and Second Street started this past spring and is well on its way at this point. The second phase at 363 Bond Street between Carroll Street and First Street is obviously about to start.

The meeting is no doubt a small concession to the community, which had to deal with months-long pounding noise and vibration from pile driving during phase one of the project at 365 Bond Street. Local residents made numerous calls to local elected officials and to various agencies to point out all kinds of violations at the construction site this past the summer. Many complaints were made to the Department of Health by neighbors who were reporting dizziness and headaches from fumes escaping from the Brownfield site after construction crews disturbed the contamination in the ground.

In response, residents formed Voice Of Gowanus to keep track of all of the 311 calls made and to keep each other informed about information pertaining to the construction project.

Since the site at 363 Bond Street is vastly more polluted as the adjacent site, residents can look forward to more smells and headaches in the near future, as the site is being remediated.

I am urging everyone to attend this meeting. The past problems at the Lightstone site did not only affect the residents immediately across from it. Vibration and noise levels were strong enough to disturb students at PS 58 on Smith Street.

Lightstone Group Information Meeting with Community
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Mary Star of the Sea – Community Room
41 First Street, Gowanus

***By the way, this is what Nond Street at 363-365 looked like after this afternoon's heavy rains.

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