GOWANUS — Today it's a toxic waterway flanked by dusty industrial businesses, but in the coming years the Gowanus Canal will be cleaner and the land surrounding it could be radically transformed by new development.
News this week that a developer plunked down $50 million for a large piece of contaminated land on the canal is yet another sign that Brooklyn's most infamous Superfund site is about to get a major makeover.
Locals weighed in on the types of changes they want — and don't want — during City Councilman Brad Lander's Bridging Gowanus process in 2014. A rezoning is expected sooner rather than later, but it's not yet known whether Gowanus is on the city's short list of neighborhoods where zoning changes are imminent.
The map below shows some of the properties along the canal that are either targeted for development, up for sale, or poised for other changes.