NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the City has closed on the acquisition of the CitiStorage site, which is a major step forward in completing Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn. In December, the City announced that it would acquire the $160-million, 11-acre parcel of land, allowing for the completion of the 27-acre park. The property was sold to the City of New York. The former owner deeded it to the City, officially transferring the title.
“Today’s acquisition is proof positive that we keep our promises,” said Mayor de Blasio. “We are one step closer to realizing the vision of the completed Bushwick Inlet Park North Brooklyn deserves.”
“Already well-loved and well-used by Brooklynites, Bushwick Inlet Park is on its way to becoming one of Williamsburg-Greenpoint’s most recognizable places,” said Parks Commissioner Silver. “NYC Parks looks forward to collaborating with park users to build an expansion that truly serves this growing community.”
The immediate next step for the park is to investigate environmental remediation needs at the CitiStorage site. This will help to determine a timeline for the development of the site.
The CitiStorage site is one of six parcels that make up Bushwick Inlet Park, the centerpiece of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront. Already, 3.5 acres of the park are complete and open to the public, featuring a multi-purpose field and a building for community activities with a state-of-the-art green roof which doubles as a seating area. This park incorporates natural and urban structures, bringing Greenpoint’s waterfront and natural areas into the community around it. Visitors can admire the views or use the park’s facilities for active recreation.
The remaining four parcels of land have all been purchased by the City, and are in varying stages of remediation and development.