Stalled Development in the 39th Council District

We need to make these sites into assets for the community. Many of these developments are causing real hazards for their neighbors, with fences falling down on sidewalks, loose construction debris that can become deadly in high winds, and unsecured sites that are dangerous for children and an invitation to squatting.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

359 3rd Avenue, Gowanus

(between 1st and 3rd Streets)

Project type: Demolition, planned development site

Project description: Demolition of idle Con Edison building; planned for future development (no immediate plans)

Status: Portion of site in use; demo delayed but scaffolding installed late 2009

UPDATE: DOB adds to "Stalled Sites" list for extra monitoring: 2/16/2010

Background: Con Edison is demolishing a 1 story warehouse adjacent to its parking lot and plans to sell part or all of the property for development. Demolition permits were issued in mid-2009 but work did not proceed until early 2010. The site was where the Brooklyn Dodgers played in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, prior to building Ebbets Field. There is speculation that parts of the exterior wall are remnants of the Dodgers’ stadium, but others believe that the Dodgers’ stadium was fully demolished when the Dodgers left in 1912 and that the wall is from the stadium built for other teams shortly afterward. All agree that the site is important to baseball history, and Con Edison has promised to not demolish the historic wall.

In late December 2009 a sidewalk shed was erected. The adjacent parking lot is still actively used for Con Edison vehicles.

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