History

The Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation (GCCDC) is a not-for-profit neighborhood preservation organization that was formed in 1978 to revitalize the communities of South Brooklyn, with particular emphasis on the area surrounding the Gowanus Canal. The Gowanus Canal is one of the most challenging, exciting and complex urban revitalization projects in the country. GCCDC is working to innovate on how such a challenge can be addressed. GCCDC’s neighborhood efforts are focused achieving this revitalization through our work in housing, environmental repair, commercial and social development.

Affordable Housing: The GCCDC’s history in housing development dates back to the late 1970’s. We have extensive experience in converting dilapidated industrial buildings into affordable apartments and housing for the elderly. We have assisted with the conversion of tens of thousands of square feet during our tenure.

Environmental Remdediation: Environmental issues have been fundamental to GCCDC’s mission to revitalize the Gowanus area, since its inception. Along its history, the GCCDC was influential in leveraging several hundred million dollars in funding to help build the Red Hook sewer treatment plant, reactivate the Gowanus Flushing Tunnel. These infrastructure projects have played an integral role in the environmental restoration of the Gowanus Canal, and GCCDC continues to pursue activities that will revitalize the Canal and its adjacent waterfront properties.

Community Activities. Through the years, the Gowanus Canal CDC has been an active participant in the local community, organizing public meetings, conducting community outreach, and sponsoring and supporting a wide range community events and fundraisers.

Supporters With the funding assistance of the late Assemblywoman Eileen C. Dugan, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senate Minority Leader Martin Connor and Senator Velmanette Montgomery, the GCCDC has been programmatically supported by the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, NYS Dept. of State – State Coastal Regional Program.

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  1. Thank you for going through this. We’ve been in the process of redoing our website and revamping a lot of our organization’s materials (30 years is a lot to go through!) some of the content was pulled from old documents and you’re correct it was in fact Red Hook that we we’re involved with and not Owl’s Head, which has been in operation since 1952. Let me know if there is anything else you find.

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