CB1 Meeting Recapby on
Monday night’s Community Board 1 Public Hearing and Board meeting may have been one of the fastest CB1 meetings I’ve attended in the last two years. Click to view the official agenda (PDF). I’ll keep this recap short and sweet.
NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Mikelle Adgate presented on the Green Infrastructure Office’s plan to better manage storm water run-off across the City in specific combined sewer overflow (CSO) areas. They’ll be implementing right-of-way bioswales (image above) and storm water green streets at the end of the Newtown Creek tributary, English Kills.
How does this work? First DEP does a hydraulic analysis to determine where the water goes when it rains. Then they investigate potential locations for the green infrastructure. Then they do soil testing and sampling, and perform surveys on the site. Finally, the bioswales and green streets are constructed and maintained. Adgate says that it’s a quick process and that they’d hope to complete implementation by Spring 2014.
To maintain these active pieces of infrastructure, DEP has a 2-year agreement with contractors and is paying for a dedicated NYC Parks crew to perform maintenance. DEP will also be partnering with MillionTressNYC to teach bioswale care to the community at large. There are also grants available for private property owners who wish to implement green infrastructure.
To learn more about this program, visit the NYC Green Infrastructure website, which is full of useful diagrams, maps and more information.
Ed Janoff gave a recap of OSA and Parks udpates, including:
- The Union Ave demapping got approved. Interim designs will be presented later this winter.
- Bushwick Inlet Park will officially be opening in early October.
- The fence around Cooper Playground is being installed this week.
- They’re proposing a Green Street at Meeker Ave and Morgan Ave. McCarren Park’s lights have been replaced, some which were knocked out from Hurricane Sandy (see above.)
- The McCarren Park pool season went well with 113,000 visitors.
- The McCarren Park tennis courts will not be bubbled over until next summer/fall for operation next winter.
- There will be meeting on September 29 at 12:30pm in McGolrick Park to discuss the vandalism that’s been happening and what to do about it. This meeting is hosted by Friends of McGolrick Park in cooperation with other city agencies.
- In regards to the parks aspects of the Greenpoint Landing/77 Commercial ULURP actions, there were be public workshops for these parks (Box St. and Newtown Barge) in October. Dates TBA.
- A board member asked about the weeds in tree pits and Ed said he would look into what it would take to get them removed/better maintained.
Brooklyn Borough President’s New Liaison
Kai Feder, the new liaison for Capital Budgets and Economic Development for the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, introduced himself. He also said that Markowitz would hold his public hearing on Greenpoint Landing/77 Commercial’s ULURP requests on September 17 at 5:00pm in the Borough President’s Court Room, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. If you can’t make it to the meeting, e-mail your opinions, comments and questions to AskMarty@brooklynbp.nyc.gov.
Feder also promoted the Brooklyn Book Festival happening on September 16 – 22nd.
- A member of GREC discussed the need for more traffic calming measures near the former Greenpoint hospital campus (Morgan Ave. to Graham Ave.). He also talked about making Maspeth one-way from Morgan Ave. to Kingsland Ave. to stop the truck traffic from using it as a short cut. There will be a traffic committee meeting on September 17 at 6:30pm at 435 Graham Avenue, which residents can attend to learn more.
- Members of Save Greenpoint implored the executive board to vote “No” on the Greenpoint Landing/77 Commercial ULURP requests.
- Rich Mazur and Laura Treciokas announced that the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the $19.5 million Exxon Fund will be rolled out at a community meeting on September 25 at the Warsaw at 6:30pm. There are both small and large awards being given ($3,000 – $25,000 and $25,000 – $3million). As Rich put it, “we’ve got a suitcase full of money” ready for the taking. Start brainstorming Greenpoint! [Author’s note: There will definitely be more updates on this issue on the GWAPP blog as it unfolds.]
Land Use Committee
Without too much fanfare or discussion, the Executive Board voted to “Disapprove with Modifications” both Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial’s ULURP requests. If you want to know the specifics of the modifications, view the Land Use/ULURP Subcommittee Report (PDF). It seems that the general consensus of the subcommittee was that it was better to make these requests and hope to get something out of the process, rather than to vote No and have it pass later in City Council with no changes.
The board voted to approve a dechlorination plan to lessen the amount of chlorine in the water, something that is required by law.