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The Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group’s Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, in the offices of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy at 543 Union Street.

Committee Members present:

David Briggs, Rafael Gomez de Luna, Katia Kelly, Louis Kleinman, Hildegaard Link, Andrea Parker, Peter Reich, Buddy Scotto, Maryann Young

Guests present:

Terri Thompson, National Grid

Item 1

The committee will not meet in January.


None required.

Item 2

The disposition of the building at 234 Butler Street (corner of Butler and Nevins) and how it will be impacted by the headhouse/retention tank facility was discussed. Some committee members expressed concern that the building would be demolished.


None required.

Item 3

Conversation expanded to address how the rezoning, remediation of coal tar under the Thomas Greene Park pool, and possible relocation of the headhouse/retention tank facility to the park will impact the neighborhood and its residents.

The committee drafted goals to help the community better understand and possibly mitigate the impacts:

  • Preserve 234 Butler Street building
  • Create accessible community space large enough for local groups
  • Provide active recreation space above the retention tanks
  • Require community input as part of visioning process for the neighborhood. Invite design team to participate
  • Request DEP to share preliminary designs and concepts for the headhouse/retention tank facility.
  • Develop/solicit design options for temporary pool


Dave will reach out to CB6 and formulate a request to the Borough President and Councilmember Levin’s offices for a community visioning process.

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