In-Person (Masked, Distanced, Outdoor) Press Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Time: 12:15 pm (Eastern) – 12:45 pm (Eastern)
Location: Carroll Street Bridge (near 383 Carroll Street, Brooklyn) between Nevins and Bond on Carroll Street at the Gowanus Canal
Re: Special announcement regarding proposed Gowanus Rezoning
Voice of Gowanus, a grassroots community coalition, will make a significant announcement regarding the city’s proposed Gowanus rezoning. The press event will include remarks by members of the group’s Legal Committee, which recently launched the Gowanus Legal Defense Fund. Voice of Gowanus is part of a citywide coalition calling for an end of the abuse of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), and the group has consistently raised concerns about the deeply flawed rezoning proposed for Gowanus.
Voice of Gowanus has raised concerns for over a year about the city plans to place housing on one of the city’s most toxic sites, construct 22-30 story luxury residential towers in a high risk flood zone, and attempt to proceed with public review during a pandemic via a virtual format that bars communities from appearing in person and holding public officials accountable. The group has also criticized the city’s failure to conduct a racial impact study prior to certification of the rezoning, the plan’s potential to jeopardize the Gowanus superfund cleanup through additional combined sewer overflows, the rezoning’s anticipated reduction of area zoned for manufacturing, the lack of infrastructural upgrades, and a cornucopia of unsustainable giveaways to private developers.
Full press release regarding the special announcement will be available at the presser. More on Voice of Gowanus and the Gowanus rezoning at: www.voiceofgowanus.org