City poised to kick off waste transfer station construction
Bensonhurst got an early visit from a municipal Grinch, with the news that the city has begun planning construction of the long-opposed waste transfer station for Gravesend Bay.
According to a December 2 letter to State Senator Marty Golden from the city’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC), the agency “will soon begin the construction of the Southwest Brooklyn Marine Transfer Station” at 400 Bay 41st Street, with demolition slated to commence this month, and completion planned for mid-2017.
The news came not long after Assemblymember William Colton – who has led the fight against the facility – filed an appeal in a case he had brought in 2012 to stop it from being constructed. The appeal followed a decision by New York State Supreme Court Justice Burt Bunyan that allowed the project to proceed.
“I am not surprised that the city is rushing ahead with this failed policy,” noted Colton. “What it means is that the city is starting construction while the legal appeal is still pending. The city and the state had 30 days to put in an answer, but instead they have asked for more time and started construction.