One of my readers forwarded me an email she received from Councilmember Brad Lander yesterday in regards to the NYS Department of Corrections centralized parole facility that is currently being built on 2nd Avenue in Gowanus.
In his email to those who signed a petition against the facility, Councilman Brad Lander points to a new organization called Gowanus United, which is made up of neighbors, business owners, and civic groups, that have vowed to fight the facility. The organization cites lack of security, increase of traffic and proximity to churches, parks and churches as a reason for its opposition.
It is interesting to note that on the organization's web site, none of these civic group nor businesses identify themselves.
As I mentioned previously, it is important to note that this is not a prison, but a place for people who have served their time to check in with their parole officer. It is also important to note that zoning on the site allows such use.