Brooklyn Waterfront Public Workshop

Host: P.S. 58, The Carroll School, Brooklyn

Workshop date: March 7, 2013

More than one hundred people attended to provide on-the-ground insight that helped our Community Rebuilding and Resiliency Team develop a deeper understanding of the priorities and challenges of the neighborhoods along the Brooklyn Waterfront.

Overall, out of the various task force and other meetings and public workshops attended by SIRR in the spring of 2013, several priorities for SIRR in the area along the Brooklyn / Queens Waterfront clearly emerged:

  • The importance of addressing the major expense of repairs and resiliency for low-rise buildings;
  • The importance of understanding the tremendous hurdles attached properties face in meeting FEMA guidelines;
  • The importance of providing flood protection from the inland water bodies – Gowanus Canal – in addition to major water bodies;
  • The importance of addressing the great risk industrial properties face due to proximity to water and contents kept on ground floor; and
  • The importance of identifying more options for transportation.

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