Back in December of 2015, Alloy Development and the property owners of 234 Butler Street and 242 Nevins Street proposed to build two 104,000-square-foot office buildings and, along with a 50,000 square-foot public park, in northern Gowanus. The proposal aimed to convince two city agencies, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Parks Department, to build two underground sewage tanks mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency under Thomas Greene Park—instead of seizing, through eminent domain, the properties currently ground-leased by Alloy. The EPA has been pushing to install the tanks beneath the park, because it’s already owned by the city and will need to be excavated eventually to clean up contaminants.
Earlier this month, the city decided to build the sewage tanks at 234 Butler and 242 Nevins streets, DNAinfo reports. An Alloy spokesman told DNAinfo that the firm was “disappointed with the EPA’s decision.” But he added that, “We remain committed to working with everyone involved to find the best way forward for the EPA, the City and the Gowanus community.”
The agreement with the EPA states the city has four years to acquire the properties, or else the agency will force the city to build the tanks under Thomas Greene Park. There are a few low-slung warehouses that will be razed, as well as the studio that was used to film The Americans. The city plans to use the studio’s lot as a staging area
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