How much did it cost to build a small public restroom in a Borough Park playground ?
The answers may shock you, and now Councilman Greenfield is furious.
Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield told CBS2 it took him seven and a half years to get the city to rehabilitate the once dilapidated Gravesend Park, where he played as a kid.
“Because we’re so flush with funds in New York City, we’re also flushing some funds down the toilet,” he told CBS2 Marcia Kramer.
Greenfield is upset about the cost of the new bathrooms. The price tag for the 400 square feet of space was nearly $2 million, and there’s absolutely nothing unique about it.
There are no gold plated fixtures — only stainless steel.
“I’m frustrated that we are essentially wasting taxpayer money,” Greenfield said. “You can build a complete house in six months for one million dollars.”
At around $5,000 per square foot, it’s literally cheaper to buy the most expensive apartment in Trump Tower.
Greenfield puts the blame on Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“The buck stops with the administration and at the end of the day, if the administration really made this their priority they could figure out a way to cut the red tape,” Greenfield said.
Greenfield has been quoted that the park itself will cost 15 million dollars in 2015 and in 2016 was quoted as saying 7.25 million dollars. If the numbers were so outrageous before a shovel was even in the ground why was the Councilman not as vocal at the time?
Public advocate Tish James was also outraged, saying in a statement; “In a city tasked with helping so many in need, particularly the growing number struggling with homelessness, every dollar counts.”
Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis said the project represented a total disregard for the taxpayer.
“I just think this is mismanagement,” she said Wednesday. “Mismanagement is coming from the top, you get a feeling in this administration that taxpayer money grows on trees.”
The Parks Department says the bathrooms opened on June 27, “just over a month past its original projected opening date of May 8.”
The agency says the bathroom wasn’t funded until five years ago.
But $2 million for a bathroom with one toilet?
“I think it’s very expensive,” one person told CBS2.
“Is the toilet made out of gold?,” one person asked gifteringotham.com
Now we know why there weren’t 10 toilets for the busy park. Price tag would have cost 20 million dollars. The next time you flush think of Mayor de Blasio tax waste.