Gowanus sewage site debated at meeting

May 18, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Gowanus Canal. Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese
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At a meeting Thursday on the proposed Combined Sewer Overflow Facility at the head of the Gowanus Canal, residents and others voiced concern about the public space that is part of the proposed design. The proposed site for a sewage tank and headhouse is 2.4 acres, and the city Department of Environmental Protection is proposing that 1.6 acres be made into public space, according to Brownstoner.

The public space would be on top of the tank, which is expected to take up about an acre, as well as a gap between the tank and the canal itself. As envisioned by designer Selldorf Architects, the space would have large green areas, benches and walking areas. Several felt the area needed more “social space,” such as barbeque and picnic areas, according to Brownstoner. Others felt the headhouse should at least keep the facade of the circa-1913 Gowanus Pumping Station building is currently occupying the site, which is slated to be torn down.

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