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State board shoots down Gowanus historic district

After years of waiting, and recent delays, the state will not seek to landmark some 422 Gowanus properties

May 25, 2014 01:00PM

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Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and map of proposed Gowanus historic district

WEEKENDEDITION Plans to create a Gowanus historic district are kaput. After facing community opposition, the state Historic Preservation Office will not move forward with the designation that would have affected 422 properties near the Gowanus Canal. 

“We had a substantial number of notarized objections to the listing from property owners,” said agency spokesman Randy Simons. “Therefore, we made the decision not to pursue the nomination at this time.”

However, the agency said it will work with property owners who wish to receive a historic designation for their individual buildings, according to the New York Daily News. [NYDN]Christopher Cameron

  • BrooklynLocal

    There was NOT a critical number of property owners objecting to this listing.
    The state agency was being harangued with legal letters from developer’s lawyer. By law the listing should have taken place due to the inadequate number of objections.

    At least 50% of property owners needed to object. That critical level was never reached even after the GCCDC got THREE TIMES the the normal review period –yes even then a CRITICAL NUMBER OF OWNER OBJECTIONS WAS NOT REACHED.

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