Development Near Gowanus Canal Moves Forward After Sandy

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The Lightstone Group is moving ahead with plans to build a 700-unit apartment complex near the Gowanus Canal, even though the site flooded during Sandy.

New York City Councilman Brad Lander, who represents the 39th Council District that includes the Gowanus neighborhood, is opposed to the project. He has asked the developer to withdraw its plans.

“It seems to me that it would be a big mistake to move forward with that plan as though nothing had happened, so I hope Lightstone [Group] will withdraw that proposal, will reconsider it,” Lander said.

But Lightstone said in a statement it has no plans to back out.  It said its original plans took into account federal flood prevention standards.

“The project was designed to exceed federal 100-year storm standards by significantly elevating the development above the 100-year floodplain,” the group said in a statement.

The company also says it'll locate the building's mechanical systems above ground, as opposed to in the basement, to protect it from any flooding.

The proposed development on Bond Street was initially proposed by Toll Brothers, which secured rezoning for the project in 2009.  But that developer pulled out after the Gowanus Canal was declared a federal Superfund site.

Councilman Lander said he plans to oppose the project when it comes before the City Planning Commission in a few weeks.