City again exterminates proposed pesticide storage facility for East Flatbush


The city has, once again, exterminated a proposed pesticide storage facility on Ralph Avenue in East Flatbush after vocal community opposition, and now is instead planning to site a storage depot for the Department of Homeless Services at the 50,000 square-foot warehouse.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene originally submitted plans for a pesticide storage facility at the site, which sits between Chase and Preston courts and straddles the border between East Flatbush and Canarsie, in September 2020. The proposal was unanimously approved by Community Board 18 in March 2021, though the approval may have been accidental as many members later expressed confusion over the vote mechanics, culminating in the Board officially switching its position to disapproval in May (CB18 chair Michael Ien denied that the initial approval was mistaken).