Gowanus Canal Is Getting 700 New Neighbors

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A boat navigates down the polluted Gowanus Canal on March 2, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The 140-year-old Brooklyn waterway has just been named as a Superfund site by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The move to cleanup of the Gowanus, which was opposed by the Bloomberg administration, will cost between $300 million and $500 million and could take 10 to 12 years.NEW YORK - MARCH 02:  A boat navigates down the polluted Gowanus Canal on March 2, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The 140-year-old Brooklyn waterway has just been named as a Superfund site by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The move to cleanup of the Gowanus, which was opposed by the Bloomberg administration, will cost between $300 million and $500 million and could take 10 to 12 years.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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A massive apartment building from the Manhattan-based Lighthouse Group got approval from the Planning Commission Monday for the bank of the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site that has scared most other developers away. The developer agreed to raise the floor and pull the building to 66.5 feet back from the water. So now the only obstacle left to the 700-unit building's construction is actually building the damned thing.