Soon the Red Hook waterfront will have a decidedly greener hue. U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez recently announced that she has secured $250,000 in federal money for the construction of a green roof on top of the Linda Tool and Dye metal fabrication factory at the intersection of Dwight and Coffey Streets.
The grant will be administered by the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (“SWBIDC“) and the roof will be installed this year. Representative Velazquez said that the project is “aimed at promoting the use of green roof design as a cost effective and viable strategy for increasing energy efficiency and reducing heat reflection that contribute to the greenhouse effect.” It’s estimated that the factory’s green roof will soak up 500,000 gallons of water a year that would otherwise end up in Brooklyn’s sewers, which overflow about 50 times a year. This sewage runoff ends up pouring untreated into bodies of water like the Gowanus Canal.
The funding for the green roof comes as part of a larger $3.2 million appropriation for community projects in Rep. Velazquez’s district in the 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bills. Factory owner Michael DiMarino and Chris Shepard of SWBIDC stand on the roof in the image above.