Bridging Gowanus is a community planning process to shape a sustainable, livable, and inclusive future for the Gowanus neighborhood – in the face of ongoing change, the Superfund cleanup, and real estate pressure.

From 2013 to 2015, several hundred people took part in a series of large- and small-group meetings to explore local issues and develop recommendations. In the summer of 2016, we asked for your feedback to prioritize these recommendations, and more than 500 of you weighed in online and in-person.

Starting in the fall of 2016, the community will begin working with the NYC Department of City Planning and other government agencies to develop a planning and land-use framework for the Gowanus neighborhood.

Getting Gowanus right will take a different way of doing things. Inaction will not preserve what makes Gowanus unique today. But new growth must genuinely advance the community’s goals.

A Sustainable, Resilient, Environmentally Healthy Community

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Invest in Our Parks, Schools, Transit, and Waterfront

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Strengthen the Manufacturing Sector and Create Good Jobs

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Keep Gowanus Creative & Mixed-Use

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Preserve and Create Affordable Housing for an Inclusive Community

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Secure a Pathway for Responsible Growth

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In the summer of 2016, we asked which of the Bridging Gowanus recommendations are most important to you. The recommendations include ideas for public investments, land use regulations, zoning designations, and programs. Over 500 of you weighed in, using an online survey and at four in-person “open house” events throughout the neighborhood. Below you’ll find the survey results, and you can leave a comment

From 2013 to 2015, several hundred people took part in the Bridging Gowanus community planning process – including long-time and newer homeowners, tenants, NYCHA residents, small business owners, environmental activists, artists, affordable housing advocates, and more.

Process Diagram Kick-Off Process Planning Meeting with Local Leaders Presentation of Draft Framework A ugust 2013 November 2014 Community Polling + Open Houses Jul-Aug 2016 Large Community Planning Meeting #1 December 2013 Large Community Planning Meeting #2 March 2014 Large Community Planning Meeting #3 June 2014 Eight Small Group Interviews Sep-Oct 2013 Eight Working Group Meetings Jan 2014 Four Educational Workshops Apr-Jun 2014 Support of Brooklyn Community Board 6 August 2015 Public Comments Posted Online September 2015

During the summer of 2016, we posted the Bridging Gowanus recommendations at locations around the neighborhood. They included the Bell House (149 7th St.), the Fifth Avenue Committee (621 Degraw St.), Gowanus Coworkrs (68 3rd St.), and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Hall of Gowanus (543 Union St.).

Coming up, you can learn more about the Bridging Gowanus community planning during Gowanus Open Studios weekend. On Sunday October 16 from noon to 5:00 pm, we’ll have an exhibit at 168 7th Street. Visit artsgowanus.org for more information

See the recommendation posters online here.

Starting in the fall of 2016, the community will begin working with the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) and other government agencies to develop a planning and land-use framework for the Gowanus neighborhood. The process will be one of DCP’s “PLACES” studies (Planning for Livability, Affordability, Community, Economy Opportunity, and Stability).

On Thursday October 27, DCP will host a kick-off meeting for the Gowanus “PLACES” study, starting at 6:30 pm at PS 32 (317 Hoyt St.). Learn more on the Gowanus page of DCP’s website.

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