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peteybrooklyn1959 Apr 4, 2019 4:48 PM

City Unveils Massive Rezoning Initiative To Spur Development In Gowanus, Brooklyn

Design-mind Apr 10, 2019 3:21 AM

This will be interesting to see what kind of proposals start pouring in with the new rezoning. There is a lot of potential along the canal for some interesting development.

chris08876 Apr 10, 2019 3:23 AM

The potential is fantastic. More than 7.6 million square feet of new residential area and 1.5 million square feet + of commercial area. :cheers:

NYguy May 16, 2019 11:37 PM


chris08876 Dec 6, 2019 7:29 PM

Long-stalled ‘Gowanus Green’ development will feature nearly 1,000 new apartments


reliminary plans for a barren swath of city-owned land in Gowanus would transform the site with a mix of middle- to high-rise housing, but locals are divided on the development.

An at times raucous Brooklyn Community Board 6 meeting on Monday showcased residents varied concerns on a more than decade in the making project city officials aim to shepherd through the public review process as part of the neighborhood’s forthcoming rezoning.

The 5.8-acre site, bounded roughly by Smith Street and the Gowanus Canal between Nelson and Fifth streets, was once a manufactured gas plant. The coal-tar contaminated land sat empty for decades until the city acquired it, designating the plot a “public place.”

Such a provision prohibits residential development unless the land is rezoned, and neighbors who had hoped the site would largely convert into parkland with low-rise buildings were skeptical of the latest vision for the “Gowanus Green” project with seven buildings that could rise from five up to 28 stories. Others fear the development would “wreck” the neighborhood with “too tall” structures and not enough infrastructure to support a wave of new residents. Officials stressed that the details are still in flux as they continue to strike a balance between community needs and concerns.


The public review for the project will be bundled into the Gowanus rezoning to boost density and encourage mix-used projects along certain corridors of the neighborhood. City planners expect the rezoning to create a whopping 8,200 new apartments by 2035.

“The purpose of the new density is to make it possible for people—working class folks, low- to-moderate income folks—who cannot possibly afford a unit in the district,” said City Council member Brad Lander, who represents the area and will have an outsized influence on the final City Council vote on the rezoning. “That’s why to me this achieves a public purpose.”

The development team behind Gowanus Green, which is being designed by Marvel Architects and SCAPE, has yet to determine the amount of seats the new school will include and for which grade levels it will serve. Another section of the lot will be a park but the design of that space is expected to take shape once the project receives approvals, according to an official briefed on the project.

The Department of Environmental Protection will oversee the remediation of the land, which is a Brownfield site due to its history as a manufactured gas plant.

aquablue Jan 31, 2020 5:35 AM


Originally Posted by chris08876 (Post 8768996)
Long-stalled ‘Gowanus Green’ development will feature nearly 1,000 new apartments


ugly buildings. period.

chris08876 Mar 7, 2020 3:19 AM



After first seeking developers to construct both housing and a new park on public land in Gowanus, officials now say the Parks Department may manage and fund construction of the proposed green space using taxpayer dollars as part of the controversial land deal on the banks of the Gowanus Canal.

“The City is currently evaluating different models for construction. Once constructed, the open space will be transferred to NYC Parks,” said Department of City Planning spokesman Joe Marvilli in a statement.

The developers selected to develop affordable housing and a retail strip at Smith and Fifth streets — Hudson Companies, the Bluestone Organization, Jonathan Rose Companies, and local nonprofit Fifth Avenue Committee — were also supposed to fund and maintain a 1.5 acre green space when the city first pushed for a rezoning of the six acre lot in 2008, the project’s Request for Proposal shows.

However, officials are now considering offloading those costs onto the city’s Parks Department, thereby allowing the developers to construct more below-market-rate housing on the public land, according to the local council member.

“The park is going to have to come from public funds,” said Councilman Brad Lander (D–Gowanus). “In scenarios where the developers pay for parks … you generally don’t have mostly affordable housing.”

Indeed, officials revealed last December that the project had grown by nearly 200 units over what was originally proposed in 2008, ballooning from 774 units to 950. Along with that, the rate of affordable units went from roughly 70 percent of the development to 100 percent below-market-rate housing, and planners have added a five-story school to the project, according to Matt Creegan, a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Preservation — which is working with DCP on the scheme.

The new plans would further allow for buildings varying in height between nine and 28 stories, a retail strip along Smith Street, an extension of Luquer Street, and could bring some 2,000 new residents to the area bordering Carroll Gardens, one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city.


NYguy Jul 15, 2020 1:16 PM

NYC Developers Push to Jump-Start Public Review of Key Construction Projects

JUL 12, 2020


Twenty-four proposals in pre-review with city planners are frozen. Projects awaiting certification for public scrutiny range from an ambitious rezoning of the Gowanus Canal area in Brooklyn to a sprawling mixed-use development encompassing the Queens waterfront site once coveted by Amazon.

Left in limbo are all the players in the six-month review process known as the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP, during which developers make their pitches and the public weighs in before the City Council and the mayor get the final say.

“It is critical to the city to get going on ULURP,” said Mitch Korbey, chair of the land use and zoning group at New York-based law firm Herrick, Feinstein. “Doing so will demonstrate the city is in recovery and moving ahead on development.”

City officials publicly agree with the real estate interests.

Vicki Been, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, said during a recent webinar sponsored by the Real Estate Board of New York and the law firm Greenberg Traurig that restarting ULURP was important and that she expected it would begin again in “the early fall.” She wouldn’t be more specific when a REBNY representative pressed for a precise date.

Been cited the technological challenges of the ULURP process, which requires action by the Department of City Planning to certify the project. That’s followed by a public review with recommendations by the local community board and the borough president, a vote by the City Planning Commission and then, in most cases, an up-or-down vote by the City Council — all within six months.

Critics note that both the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Board of Standards and Appeals have resumed work, and the City Council is holding online hearings.

Three major redevelopment efforts will test that matrix and are key to reviving the economy, say their supporters.

The first is a rezoning of 80 blocks in Brooklyn anchored by the Gowanus Canal. A draft environmental study that was necessary to start ULURP was being completed when City Planning instituted its shutdown. The city expects the changes would generate more than 8,000 new apartments by 2035, at least a third of them affordable.

It is one of the 15 rezonings de Blasio promised when he took office that would trade increased density for a wave of both market rate and affordable housing. Only six of the zoning plans have been approved, and Gowanus is almost certain to be the last major effort of the administration.

Councilmember Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), who represents the area and sparked the effort with a series of meetings beginning in 2013, said it’s time for action on the project.

“At this urgent and clarifying moment, if we get it right, the Gowanus neighborhood rezoning offers us an opportunity to strengthen our city’s resilience, take meaningful steps toward desegregation and racial justice, support economic recovery, and help lay the foundation for a vibrant, equitable, and sustainable future,” he told THE CITY.

NYguy Aug 19, 2020 3:04 PM

I think they're against it....

kingsdl76 Aug 31, 2020 6:44 AM

Why is everything no from these NIMBYS in the New York area? They fight anything and everything... Why would they be against redeveloping a canal of industrial sludge into a healthy new district? Why would that be bad??

BuildThemTaller Aug 31, 2020 1:12 PM


Originally Posted by kingsdl76 (Post 9027734)
Why is everything no from these NIMBYS in the New York area? They fight anything and everything... Why would they be against redeveloping a canal of industrial sludge into a healthy new district? Why would that be bad??

Not In My Back Yard

Kind of speaks for itself, doesn't it?

Busy Bee Aug 31, 2020 1:47 PM

Of all the battles one could currently fight...

NYguy Aug 31, 2020 3:26 PM


Originally Posted by kingsdl76 (Post 9027734)
Why is everything no from these NIMBYS in the New York area? They fight anything and everything... Why would they be against redeveloping a canal of industrial sludge into a healthy new district? Why would that be bad??

These projects give them purpose. You could propose something with everything they would want, and they’d be against it. They’re perfectly fine with it as is.

NYguy Sep 21, 2020 4:56 PM


Attendees in canoes watch a film on the Gowanus Canal during a Gowanus Dredgers 'Paddle-In Movie' event in the Brooklyn Borough of New York, U.S., on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.

Busy Bee Sep 22, 2020 12:53 AM

Watching projected art films while floating in a canoe on a toxic sewer.... probably the whitest thing I've ever seen.

chris08876 Mar 4, 2021 3:34 AM
IMG_7708 by Clay Hensley, on Flickr

chris08876 Aug 31, 2021 3:47 AM
IMG_8632 by Clay Hensley, on Flickr

Boss-ton Sep 3, 2021 12:48 AM

These idiots are fighting to keep the canal a disgusting run down dump... Why dont they put their effort towards something that actually benefits the neighborhood like making sure affordable units are built in the new development, a canal walk, green space, jobs...etc so that way the area actually becomes nice and everybody benefits. Theres a whole lot of things they can stiff arm developers into including here... why try to keep it as a crap hole? These people are dense I swear. They dont even realize theyre making gentrification worse because every single development gets chopped down and tied up in legal battles so by the time its built they have to charge more to recoup the 3 floors that got hacked off.

Busy Bee Sep 3, 2021 1:01 AM

I used to write graffiti back in the day and I remember one time some guy in a truck spotted us in the daytime and yelled "Get A Job!" ... As adult, looking at these silly misguided folks with too much time on their hands, I get it.

Crawford Sep 3, 2021 1:27 AM

LOL at the NIMBYs. Straight Outta Paramus.

Apparently they want to keep Gowanus an abandoned, toxic dump, instead of building like 20,000 units of affordable housing, plus schools, parks and transit improvements. Very progressive. Thank God Eric Adams is a strong supporter of the rezoning.

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