Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Columbia Street Construction Site Will Be Turned into Park

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The site of a long construction project on Columbia Street that will eventually become a park.
  • The site of a long construction project on Columbia Street that will eventually become a park.

Stretches of Van Brunt and Columbia streets near Degraw have been perpetual construction sites for ages now as part of construction on the Gowanus Flushing Tunnel, but when those long-barricaded areas of land are opened back up they'll be incorporated into the growing Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. The Cobble Hill Association offers a few details ahead of tomorrow's meeting on the future park.

The new green stretch (rendered below) will run along Columbia Street between Kane and Degraw, and extend the waterfront bike lane from Columbia over onto Van Brunt—a link that currently ends very abruptly midway along the connecting block of Degraw. Dubbed Columbia Waterfront Park, it will occupy an 80-foot-deep, 500-foot-long strip of land wedged between Columbia Street and the container shipping yard immediately to the west.

At tomorrow evening's meeting, to be held at the nearby Union Street Star Theater (101 Union Street, 6:30-8:30pm) more renderings of the park will be shown, and community feedback gathered. No dates for beginning or completing construction of the park have been announced and work on the Gowanus Flushing Tunnel is still in full swing, and is expected to continue at least through the fall.

What Columbia Street between Kane and Degraw will look like one day.
  • What Columbia Street between Kane and Degraw will look like one day.

(McBrooklyn)

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