Councilman Brad Lander of the 39th District has invited Gowanus residents to meet with him and other local politicians at a new recurring event called Bridging Gowanus, starting on Monday, December 9th at 6:30pm. Loosely put, Bridging Gowanus aims to discuss general environmental, economic, and community goals as the neighborhood moves ahead into the future.
You remember what Participatory Budgeting is, don’t you? A quick refresher: at least $1 million in funds will be available to go towards projects in District 39, Councilman Brad Lander’s Brooklyn district that includes Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and parts of Red Hook, Windsor Terrace and Kensington. YOU, as a resident of District 39, get to vote directly on which projects receive funding. Now’s the time to submit ideas for projects to be voted on this coming spring.
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 Process, Full 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/