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Posts Tagged ‘department of environmental conservation’

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    Bloomberg-era rendering of Coney Island marsh project and Stephen Palmese

    British gas and electric company National Grid is seeking a long-term tenant for a Coney Island development site spanning almost 17 acres.

    The site, surrounded by the Shore Parkway and the Coney Island Creek, was formerly home to the Brooklyn Borough Gas Works. [more]

  • Asphalt Green Park and the waste-transfer site

    Asphalt Green Park and the waste-transfer site

    UPDATED, 11:45 a.m., July 22: One opponent of the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station has accused one candidate of using children as “human shields” to support the site, DNAinfo reported.

    On Wednesday, Manhattan Borough President hopeful Julie Menin wrote an op-ed in the New York Daily News defending the controversial station as “the right thing to do.” In the op-ed, Menin said that: “the facility will be visually barricaded from the surrounding residential community by Asphalt Green.” [more]

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    From left: A rendering of the planned marine waste transfer station and Tony Ard, chairman of Gracie Point Community Council

    An Albany state appeals court signed off on New York City’s plan to rebuild a controversial marine waste transfer station at East 91st Street and the East River today, throwing out a challenge from a local community group.

    That group, the Gracie Point Community Council, opposed the city’s plan to locate the facility — which would process at least 1,860 tons of garbage per day or, according to the group, enough trash to fill eight trucks per hour — in the densely populated residential area, adjacent to Asphalt Green, an indoor and outdoor sports complex used by children and adults. … [more]

  • The state will invest $7 million in the creation of a boat house in Greenpoint along Newtown Creek, a new park in Long Island City and the restoration of the wetlands of the creek as part of an initiative to invest in green projects, after the city was fined $10 million for missing a deadline to improve standards at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, the New York Daily News reported.

    The state Department of Environmental Conservation, with $10 million to invest overall, chose from projects which were proposed by area residents last year.

    “It’s a great opportunity for some of the negative effects that the plant has had to turn into some very positive assets for those communities,” said Jason Schwartz, director of the City Parks Foundation. … [more]

  • Two of the biggest Gowanus Canal polluters are real estate development sites where remediation efforts failed, according to Environmental Protection Agency officials working on the Superfund cleanup at the canal.

    One of them, the Daily News reported, is the 363-365 Bond Street site on which Toll Brothers had once planned to build 460 condos and townhouses. The developer, which was supposed to clean up the site before breaking ground, abandoned the project when the Gowanus gained Superfund status last year. (Toll had actively campaigned against the designation, arguing that it would render the development site unmarketable).

    According to the EPA, it’s a good thing it did, because new investigations there have since found cancer-causing poly-aromatic hydrocarbons and other potentially harmful chemicals are present in the ground, and Toll Brothers would have never known about it because “the investigation they had done at the site was inadequate.” … [more]

  • Work on a new 15-story housing tower at 11 Broadway and the corner of Kent Avenue in Williamsburg is angering local residents, as construction is set to begin even though a six-year-old toxic spill underneath the site has not been fully cleaned up. “There are dozens of stalled projects in Williamsburg, more than in any part of the city, so what’s the urgency of putting this building up?” resident Bill Storandt said to the Brooklyn Paper. The project, financed by L+M Development Partners and Goldman Sachs, would consist of 160 units, 80 percent of which will be priced at below-market rates. … [more]

  • Bungee, water parks slated for Coney

    November 16, 2010 11:47AM

    A Long Island-based company is slated to shell out $360,000 a year to operate an inflatable water park and bungee-jumping facility on the Coney Island boardwalk, according to the New York Post. The New York City Parks Department selected Party Magic USA to run the aquatic attraction and has drafted a contract that would keep the facility there for at least five years. But the plan is hardly a done deal. … [more]

  • Ridgewood Reservoir plan on hold

    May 07, 2010 10:05AM

    On the border of Brooklyn and Queens, a plan to redevelop the 50-acre Ridgewood Reservoir is treading water as the Department of Environmental Conservation weighs a request to designate the area a wetland, the Daily News reported. The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation had been expected to reveal three redesign proposals for the site, including plans for new park space and sports fields, but meanwhile, some local politicians and residents have been pushing to make the land a nature preserve. … [more]


  • Developer Sheldon Solow and his planned East Side development on the former Con Ed site

    The state is now faced with paying an estimated $250 million in benefits to developer Sheldon Solow, whose $4 billion, 9.2-acre East Side development project on a former Consolidated Edison site is considered a brownfield cleanup project, after a state appellate court decision yesterday. An old state development program gave developers building on polluted sites a proportion of development costs, but it was amended last year to limit those benefits. Solow had applied to take part in the program, and was accepted, under the Pataki administration, but the Spitzer administration reversed that decision, prompting Solow to sue for his $250 million award. The state appellate court decision upheld a lower court decision in Solow’s favor, denying the Department of Environmental Conservation its appeal. [NYO][more]