The six-alarm fire that firefighters are battling in Williamsburg is at a record storage facility. Many of its clients are city agencies, such as the Health & Hospitals Corporation and Administration for Children's Services.

According to NBC New York, other clients include "more than 100 local hospitals. An HHC official said Saturday the agency was looking into the matter; a call to the storage company wasn't immediately returned. It wasn't immediately clear whether any records had been destroyed in the blaze."

One reader sent us a photograph of a partially burned medical discharge record. Another told us that burned papers have even appeared around Bushwick.

While the FDNY hasn't started its investigation into the fire yet, it's good to remember that this warehouse sits on a very valuable piece of waterfront.

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Back in July 20, 2011, we reported about the Bloomberg administration's failed attempt to buy the lot. A spokesman said, "While discussions remain open on the potential purchase of the Citi Storage site, the city's current budget issues are well known."

A December 2011 New York World article about the Bushwick Inlet Park noted:

The remaining 12 acres are unlikely to be acquired anytime soon. More than half the space is occupied by a company called CitiStorage, whose massive facility there counts among its clients the City of New York. The Administration for Children’s Services, and departments of Housing Preservation and Development, Environmental Protection, Education and Health and Mental Hygiene are among the city agencies that store records there. So does the unit that needs to buy the land: The Department of Parks and Recreation.

This summer, city officials informed the owner of the CitiStorage property in a letter that they did not have funds for further land purchases for Bushwick Inlet Park, nor a “schedule for the acquisition of the site.” (The owner, Norman Brodsky, did not respond to requests for an interview.) The earlier transactions suggest Brodsky’s site would cost the city upwards of $100 million to acquire, not counting costs associated with relocating the business.

A 2011 Brooklyn Paper article stated that CitiStorage owner Norman Brodsky "hoped to move his N. 10th Street warehouse and sell the site to the city — but city officials told him there was no money to make the purchase. Now Brodsky’s allies say he’s trapped because the property has been rezoned for parkland and he cannot unload the parcel to a private developer." A source close to Brodsky said, "The property is worthless as housing."

However, a 2014 NY Times article offered the development scenario for the lot:

The city needs six parcels to finish the park, and it has two: one with a newly built soccer field, park building and playground; the other a contaminated concrete lot, [Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park's Laura Treciokas] said.

Four more parcels are needed, two of which the Parks Department hopes to have acquired by June, one for $68.5 million, said Maeri Ferguson, a parks spokeswoman. “We are moving forward to procure a consultant to develop a demolition plan,” she said, “which will help to determine the cost of environmental testing, design and park development.”

Acquisition of a parcel that is home to the Greenpoint Monitor Museum remains unscheduled and unfunded, as does the purchase of an 11-acre property that is now CitiStorage.

Residents are particularly worried about the 11-acre parcel. The fear is that it might be sold to a developer who could work out a deal to provide affordable housing in exchange for permission to build yet another tower, Ms. Treciokas said.

Treciokas said, "There’s some irony to all of this. because we’re supposed to be this waterfront community, and that’s supposed to be the selling point, and yet there’s not a whole lot of open space on the waterfront for all these new residents."