By Eric Weinstock, Shefali Sanghvi and Heather Gershen
Brownfields have been defined as “property that has remained idle, abandoned or underutilized because of contamination or the threat of contamination.” That definition certainly applies to the Atlantic Terrance property prior to its redevelopment. Located in urban downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., this one-third acre property was a
gasoline filling station from 1939 to 1969 with multiple petroleum Underground Storage Tanks (USTs). The project, formally known as “Atlantic Terrace Cornerstone - Site 12” is part of the Atlantic Terminal Urban Renewal Area.
The Atlantic Terminal Urban Renewal Area is nestled in between the Prospect
Heights, Park Slope and Fort Greene neighborhoods of Brooklyn as well as the
nearby Atlantic Terminal train station of the Long Island Rail Road. Other
projects within this urban renewal area include the Barclays Center, which will
serve as the new home to the National Basketball Association’s Nets, and the Atlantic Yards apartment buildings, a mixture of condominiums
and rental units.
Urban renewal area
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