Maloney, Elected Officials, and Community Call on CitiStorage to Accept City’s Offer and give the Neighborhood its Long-Promised Park
New York—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), local elected officials, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, and community members gathered to call on CitiStorage to accept the City’s offer of $100 million for the last remaining site that was supposed to be included as part of Bushwick Inlet Park. The CitiStorage site comprises roughly 11 acres, a significant portion of the anticipated 27.8 acre park promised to residents of Greenpoint-Williamsburg, as part of the rezoning of the area.
“When the City Council adopted the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning in 2005, a 27.8 acre Bushwick Inlet Park was included in the plans to mitigate the environmental impact of the new zoning, which is adding tens of thousands of new residents to an area already seriously lacking open space,” said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney. “This site was intended to be part of the new park. The park was not a gift, it was a trade. The City has made an extremely fair offer for the property and I believe CitiStorage should accept it. I hope that after careful consideration, the owners will recognize that this offer is a win-win: a fair deal – a boon for the neighborhood and a really good price for the land.”
“The City has made an offer in good faith to acquire the remaining land needed to complete the promise that is Bushwick Inlet Park,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “I strongly urge the property owners of the CitiStorage site to, in turn, come to the negotiating table in good faith so that a deal can be reached. The residents of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, who have waited for years to see the realization of Bushwick Inlet Park, deserve nothing less than a full commitment to making the sale that is undoubtedly in every stakeholder’s best long-term interest.”
"This is an important step forward,” said State Senator Daniel L. Squadron. “The City made a real offer that will hopefully lead us to the full Bushwick Inlet Park that the community was promised," said State Senator Daniel Squadron. "I thank the Mayor, Councilmember Levin, Congressmember Maloney, Senator Dilan, Assemblymember Lentol, and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park."
“I am happy to see that Mayor de Blasio has made the acquisition of this park land a top priority,” said Assemblymember Joseph R. Lentol. “I am hopeful that this property will soon become a park and that the promise that the previous administration made will fully be realized. Park space in New York City is a hot commodity, especially in the burgeoning areas of North Brooklyn. We need to secure this land. I am certain that the individuals who secure this land will go down in history as inspired and enlightened stewards of our parks. That is a legacy I cannot imagine any one walking away from. We are talking about a section of land of the likes of Central Park or Prospect Park. Although Franklin Roosevelt was talking about National Parks, he got it so right, ‘There is nothing so American as our National Parks.’ We have an opportunity to make history. Let’s do it.”
“When fully realized, Bushwick Inlet Park will be among the city’s great parks,” said State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan. “From industrial blight, through massive fire and unprecedented grassroots advocacy, this park will be much more than open space, panoramic views of Manhattan and waterfront access. How it came to be will inspire as much awe as its many amenities. This park is happening. And those who worked to make this a reality should be commended for their passionate efforts.”
"The City promised this park to North Brooklyn, and I want to thank Mayor de Blasio for making a good faith effort to acquire the property,” said Council Member Antonio Reynoso. “The owner should do what's right for the community and accept the City's offer."
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. The CitiStorage site is contaminated as a result of decades of industrial use, and will require significant remediation.