Southern Brooklyn

Sheepshead Bay / Gerritsen Beach Public Workshop

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Host: Sheepshead Bay High School, Brooklyn

Workshop date: March 13, 2013

Residents attended to provide on-the-ground insight that helped our Community Rebuilding and Resiliency Team develop a deeper understand of the priorities and challenges of Southern Brooklyn.

Overall, out of the various task force and other meetings and public workshops attended by The Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) staff in the spring of 2013, several priorities for SIRR in Southern Brooklyn clearly emerged:

  • The importance of providing protection from oceanfront and "back-door" inundation from inlet / bay exposures that can lead to flooding of inland areas;
  • The importance of focusing on infrastructure inadequacy, particularly drainage;
  • The importance of preserving affordability when rebuilding residential properties, especially low-rise, 1-2 family homes; and
  • The importance of addressing the lagging recovery of some neighborhood services and commercial corridors, like Emmons Avenue.

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