One issue that has been pointed out is that Superstorm Sandy pushed the canal over its banks and flooded the nearby homes, creating the need for land-use decision-making.
“Bridging Gowanus will bring together a wide range of viewpoints to identify broadly shared goals, engage in honest conversation about different viewpoints, and build as much consensus as we can around a long-term vision for the canal area,” said Councilman Brad Lander.
“The future of the Gowanus area is being set,” he added. “Let’s come together as a community and ensure that our vision is at the center of the discussion.”
The meeting comes in the wake of the recent Gowanus Canal Superfund cleanup plan released by the Environmental Protection Agency.
“After years of false starts, the tenacity of the Gowanus community has been rewarded with a great cleanup plan,” said resident Josh Skaller. “Envisioning a safe and inclusive future along the canal is no longer the stuff of pipe dreams, it is a truly exciting opportunity before us now.”
As well as discussing the cleanup plan and the need for better infrastructure, the meeting will attempt to shed light concerns of local artists as well.
“We all have seen what has happened in other neighborhoods where decisions have been made without the input of the community,” said Abby Subak, director of Arts Gowanus. “As artists in the Gowanus neighborhood, we are committed to keeping Gowanus a place that nurtures and supports creativity.”