Review from the CB1 Public Hearing & Board Meeting

by Heather Van De Mark on

Good stuff at the CB1 meeting this week. Just to keep you readers abreast of the what’s happening in the system:

Chairman’s Report
Chairman Olechowski attended a fundraiser in DUMBO about poverty and homelessness and thinks their should be a bigger conversation about these topics among all communities and neighborhoods, as it’s a very real issue affecting many, many residents.

OSA Minute
Kurt Cavanaugh, Deputy Director at Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, introduced himself and said that the McCarren Park ice rink won’t be happening this fall/winter. And that OSA is taking recommendations on how to use that space. If anyone would like to make a suggestion, they contact him.

He also talked about OSA working with Newtown Creek Nature walk and they have a new gardener for the area.

He also talked about “Mulchtober Fest” on October 20 from noon to 4pm. For more details, click here.

There were several renewals and applications for unenclosed sidewalk cafes and liquor licenses.

Public Session
A few community residents got up to express some grievances on various topics. And our own Online Content Editor, Ryan Watson, let everyone know about the re-launching of the GWAPP website. Woo!

New Board Member
Jen Peterson was sworn onto the CB1 board.

Committee Reports
Land Use, ULURP & Landmarks: Next meeting is October 23.

Parks & Waterfront: Next meeting is October 17.

Environmental: The EPA released their first report on Newtown Creek as a superfund site. Report includes information from the last nine months of testing and a trends report should be released in the beginning of December. A full report is scheduled for release in May 2013. Reports can be found on the superfund site.

Transportation: Approved measure for DOT study on traffic calming for the intersection as McGuiness and Greenpoint Avenues, as well as creating more bike racks around the Greenpoint Ave ‘G’ stop. The board also tabled an issue regarding bicycle licensure and insurance on the grounds that it was unclear if this recommendation would be sent to city or state agencies.

Old Business
Discussion on writing a strongly worded letter to the city in support of GREC and St. Nick’s taking over the Greenpoint Hospital project, in recent light of the developer chosen by the city pulling out of the development. This was advocated for to avoid another long RFP process, as well as the fact that St. Nicks was the runner-up for the project back when the other developer was chosen.

New Business
CB1 meetings are often held at the Swinging 60’s Senior Center (211 Ainslie Street), which is in jeopardy of being closed. Discussion on what to do to prevent this/find out more about what’s happening via a grassroots campaign or informal subcommittee.

Meeting adjourned.

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.