Brownstoner reports this morning from last night’s gathering at the St. Mary Star of the Sea residences in Brooklyn, where residents of Gowanus and surrounding neighborhoods gathered to discuss a proposed new development from Toll Brothers. According to the report, concerns ranged from school overcrowding to small business displacement, to sewage in the Gowanus Canal and the site’s toxicity; and, “there was a great deal of talk about how residents can make their voices heard at the scoping meeting next week.”

With a rezoning of the area coming as early as the late spring or summer, and another large development at Gowanus’ “Public Place” site coming soon, it is heartening to see the community organizing around the public input process.

The scoping hearing for the Toll Brothers development takes place March 13 at 2pm, at the Department of City Planning’s Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street. For more information about scoping hearings, please see our Coney Island case study.

Photo of the Gowanus Canal from Flickr – check out the Gowanus photo group.