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The Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group’s Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the offices of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, at 543 Union Street.

CAG Members present:

David Briggs
Katia Kelly
Hildegaard Link
Andrea Parker
Peter Reich
Maryann Young


Terri Thomson, National Grid

Item 1

Hildegaard Link presented notes/feedback from the Leadership Committee meeting.


Committee passed along some suggestions, Dave Briggs forwarded suggestions that he had sent to Doug Sarno, Eric McClure, and Brad Vogel.

Item 2

Committee discussed impact of DEP’s retention tunnel.

Pros include: a) it can be expanded, b) a better park is possible, and c) less intrusive construction.

Cons include: a) it will take longer, b) it puts the ROD at risk, c) there are unknown subsurface conditions, and d) increased energy consumption.


More questions can be asked at the March 26 CAG meeting. Andrea Parker pointed out that the tunnel directs CSO only to the Red Hook treatment plant.

Item 3

How should the CAG formulate a response to the city’s Draft Zoning proposal?


None required at this time; conversation will be continued after March 26 meeting.

Item 4

All agreed that many agencies may not be aware of the zoning or its impact.


Dave agreed to notify CB6 with a request that an intergovernmental agency panel presentation be made to the community.

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