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Southern Brooklyn politicians are asking New York Senator Chuck Schumer to not overlook in regards to the deteriorating Shore Parkway Promenade when negotiating a big federal infrastructure invoice at the moment earlier than Congress.
“We write immediately to request that you just embody $50 million for an essential resiliency infrastructure undertaking in southern Brooklyn as a part of the pending federal infrastructure invoice at the moment being negotiated in Congress: the reconstruction of the Shore Parkway Promenade,” wrote State Sen. Andrew Gounardes, Assemblymember Michael Tannousis, State Sen. Diane Savino, Metropolis Councilmember Justin Brannan, Assemblymember Peter Abbate, Metropolis Councilmember Mark Treyger and Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus in a June 15 letter.
The elected officers are calling on the federal authorities to speculate $50 million into the 4-mile waterfront walkway and bike path— that runs from ….. they are saying is in “extremely poor situation” riddled with giant sinkholes, missing public services and outfitted with undeveloped inexperienced house.
“Its 4 miles of uninterrupted waterfront entry from the pier to Bay Parkway,” Gounardes instructed Brooklyn Paper. “And it’s among the most lovely views in your entire metropolis and but when you look it’s poorly maintained, its rundown, there are large sinkholes in it.”
The sinkholes are a remnant of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012, when storm surge flooded sections of the promenade in Tub Seashore and exacerbated the erosion of the walkway’s underlying bulkheads.
“Throughout Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, giant sections of the promenade alongside Tub Seashore have been breached by the storm surge, flooding the Belt Parkway and residential neighborhoods on the opposite facet of the freeway,” the pols wrote. “The storms additionally exacerbated the erosion of the bulkheads underneath the promenade, inflicting a spiraling impact resulting in extra sinkholes and extra structural instability.”
Gounardes instructed Brooklyn Paper he hopes the federal funding may launch the transformation of the Shore Parkway Promenade into his imaginative and prescient of a Narrows Waterfront Park, a plan he has dreamt up through the years of redeveloping the house right into a “recreation vacation spot” like Brooklyn Bridge Park or the East River Blueway in Manhattan.
“My imaginative and prescient is to take the waterfront promenade that we have already got which is fairly good by way of its potential,” Gounardes stated. “When you go to locations just like the [Upper] West Aspect or Brooklyn Bridge Park… you see actually inventive concepts as to how we are able to reclaim the waterfront and redesign the waterfront.”
A few of the concepts in his imaginative and prescient embody constructing out an empty house at Bay eighth Avenue right into a 13-acre park with consolation stations, picnic tables and different facilities; enhancing sections of the promenade with sights like a canine park or playground; enhancing pedestrian and bike paths from the 69th Avenue pier in Bay Ridge to Caesar’s Bay in Gravesend and constructing small piers and docks for fishing; establishing connections from the handful of parks close by the promenade; internet hosting out of doors and vacation occasions all year long; connecting the promenade to Coney Island; and upgrading Caesar’s Bay with inexperienced areas, a pier with ferry entry and a brand new separate bike path from the Verrazano Bridge to the waterfront purchasing complicated.
“I feel this could possibly be the crown jewel of a southern Brooklyn greenway panorama,” Gounardes stated.
And as sea ranges are rising and coastal-lying nabes are extra liable to flooding, the pols advocate for a resilient redesign of the promenade— and town Parks Division agrees, as they’re underway in a visioning course of to revitalize the waterfront from People Veterans Memorial Pier in Bay Ridge to Coney Island, pols wrote, a undertaking bicycle advocates say ignores crucial gaps within the Brooklyn Greenway.
The legislators argue the $50 million from the federal authorities are essential to reconstruct all the promenade’s bulkheads in addition to set up berms alongside the walkway to guard its adjoining neighborhoods from future storm surges.
“Investing $50 million on this undertaking is crucial to rebuild the bulkheads beneath the promenade and putting in resiliency measures comparable to raised berms to repel future storm surges,” the pols wrote. “It’s crucial that we take steps now to reconstruct the Shore Parkway Promenade and assist defend the low-lying coastal neighborhoods of southern Brooklyn that we signify from rising sea ranges and future storms.”
The group not solely selected to focus on their advocacy to Schumer as a result of he’s their state’s consultant within the Senate but additionally as a result of he’s a well known bike owner, particularly in his hometown of Brooklyn, Gounardes instructed Brooklyn Paper.
The Shore Parkway Promenade was additionally just lately the topic of complaints, because it has seen a rise within the use of electric scooters and bikes which different customers of the house say whiz previous at alarming speeds.