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NEW YORK CITY-A groundbreaking ceremony Monday marked the start of work on the first phase of Bushwick Inlet Park, a 28-acre project on the Brooklyn waterfront. It’s being carved out of a former industrial area along North 9th and North 10th streets between Kent Avenue and the East River in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods, and is a product of the 2005 rezoning of these areas.

What formerly housed a rental car storage lot will become the southern end of the new park. It will entail the construction of a synthetic turf multipurpose field for soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey and other sports, and will be funded by the city at a cost of $7.1 million. The projected completion date is winter 2010.

Construction on the park’s second phase will begin early next year and is expected to open in summer 2011 at a cost of $22.6 million. This will create public waterfront access, a playground and a new sustainable building that will include both public space and Parks Department offices, according to a release.

The new building will be powered by solar energy from photovoltaic cells in a shade structure on the roof. The sloping green roof will connect the soccer field area with a hilltop recreational space and playground.

In a release, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the new park “will be the latest, but not the last, new park we’re bringing to this part of Brooklyn.” When completed, Bushwick Inlet Park, along with adjacent East River State Park and several public esplanades in residential developments to the south and north, will create contiguous open space along the waterfront, adds Bloomberg.

Currently in the latter stages of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure is a contextual rezoning of Greenpoint and Williamsburg that would cover 175 blocks not included in the ’05 rezoning.

According to the Department of City Planning, the new rezoning is intended to preserve neighborhood character and scale by limiting the height of new development, to create opportunities and incentives for affordable housing through inclusionary zoning and to support local retail corridors while protecting the residential character of nearby side streets. The City Planning Commission endorsed the rezoning at its July 1 meeting, and the plan now awaits a vote by the City Council.

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