Maloney celebrates news of Bushwick Inlet Park deal
New York—After years of advocacy on behalf of Bushwick Inlet Park, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney today celebrates the news that the de Blasio administration has reached an agreement to purchase the 11-acre CitiStorage site on the Williamsburg waterfront for $160 million.
“This community desperately needs more open space, and with this purchase the city finally controls the full 27.8 acres we were promised for Bushwick Inlet Park over 10 years ago. This soon to be beautiful park will serve our community for generations to come. I look forward to seeing the construction begin, and cannot wait to see the final product. We all owe the de Blasio Administration a debt of gratitude for working so diligently to acquire the Citistorage site. This long awaited promise is finally becoming a reality. No longer do we have to chant, “we want our park” now the cheer is, “we’ve got our park!”
When Greenpoint/Williamsburg were upzoned in 2005, it was with the understanding that the CitiStorage site, then zoned as manufacturing, would become part of a 27.8-acre park. The community has less than ½ an acre of open space per 1,000 residents, while the Department of City Planning recommends at least 1.5 acres per 1,000 residents. Community residents believe the increase in population from the new development will place impossible demands on the limited amount of open space that currently exists.