Today, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz joined Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg in announcing a grant of $17.8 million to the City of New York to fund the cleanup of environmental contamination at the Bush Terminal Piers 1-4 site in Brooklyn, Kings County. This is the largest grant ever awarded in state history for the remediation of a Brownfield site. The State will provide an additional $700,000 Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grant to transform this site into a recreational park.
Mr. Ortiz who represents the community in which the pier is located stated that he was “appreciative of the support he has received from the Governor and his Assembly colleagues”. Mr. Ortiz has been fighting for funds to cleanup this site since he was elected to office in 1994 and considers this to be a “hard fought victory for my constituents”.
“I am very pleased that, finally this land will be cleaned up and be made accessible to the public. By using these state funds to return the Bush Terminal Pier site to the people of Brooklyn, we are enhancing the quality of life for the city’s residents with a range of potential recreational activities that this new parkland will make possible” said Mr. Ortiz.
The City of New York will remediate the Bush Terminal site on the Sunset Park waterfront in Brooklyn between 43rd and 51st streets. Soil, groundwater, and sediment at and underneath the site became contaminated in the 1970s due to the unauthorized disposal of construction and demolition debris, and liquid wastes including oils, oil sludges, and wastewater
Once the cleanup is complete, the City plans to redevelop the site as a public open space featuring a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities including: walkways, natural areas, athletic fields, an indoor ice rink, a boat building area, a fishing pier, seasonal restaurant booths, an environmental education center, a community building, and a banquet hall.