BOUND BROOK - New levies and flood gates have gone up in Bound Brook, and the community hopes the project will bring growth to the once flood-prone area.

The 13-year project by the Army Corps of Engineers began in 2000, one year after deadly flooding from Tropical Storm Floyd.

A 240-unit luxury apartment building is going up downtown, and the developer says flood control made the project easier.

Some residents are skeptical about how effective the new system will be, and neighboring communities fear the work in Bound Brook has made their problems worse.

Mayor Carey Pilato says the only work left to do is raising a levy at Billion Legion Park and fixing some drainage issues. The flood control project cost more than $130 million.