Bridging Gowanus Second Meeting Thursday

Bridging Gowanus Second Meeting Thursday

On Thursday, we are holding the second community planning meeting about the future of Gowanus. The meeting is Thursday, March 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Wyckoff Gardens Community Center.

Last fall, I joined together with Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Council Member Stephen Levin to announce Bridging Gowanus, an inclusive community-driven planning process to develop a long-term vision for a safe, vibrant, and sustainable Gowanus.

Bridging Gowanus is an effort to bring together a wide range of community members to identify broadly-shared goals, discuss different viewpoints, and build consensus around a neighborhood framework for the infrastructure and land use regulations needed in the Gowanus Canal area.

In December, over 200 local residents, business-owners, artists, and advocates attended the first in a series of community planning meetings, during which participants weighed in on shared values for the neighborhood. Then, in January, 80 neighbors took part in four Working Groups, to develop innovative ideas that help achieve those goals. You can find materials from these meetings at www.BridgingGowanus.org.

I hope you can join us at a second community planning on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Wyckoff Gardens Community Center, 280 Wyckoff Street in Brooklyn. The public planning process will be facilitated by the Pratt Center for Community Development. Please RSVP here.

Now is the time to move forward, with everyone at the table, to develop a long-term vision for a safe, vibrant, and sustainable Gowanus. I look forward to seeing you at the Bridging Gowanus meeting on Thursday.

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