Gowanus stakeholders plan to leverage future development

Pols releasing a framework for real estate activity in neighborhood

New York /
Nov.November 21, 2014 04:25 PM

Gowanus residents and officials are doing everything they can to prepare the neighborhood for major development.

The area’s legislators, including Representative Nydia Velazquez and Council members Brad Lander, Steve Levin and Carlos Menchaca, plan to release a framework for future development today that will require major infrastructure investments before shiny new residential towers could rise.

The plan is called “Bridging Gowanus,” and it hopes to leverage impending development to fix the neighborhood’s various flooding, sewage and park problems. The framework also lays out a plan for the area to profit from any future rezoning, and create a “Gowanus Manufacturing Zone” to attract potential manufacturers and keep hotels and storage facilities out of the area. The plan also rejects Bloomberg’s Fourth Avenue model, saying that it does not provide for enough affordable housing or retail.

“Those are the goals here,” Lander told Capital. “Some development can be a tool to help achieve those goals, because all those things are expensive and you have to pay for them.”

Back in 2009, the Toll Brothers received approval to build hundreds of condos on the Gowanus Canal, but its development plans were derailed when the federal government designated the murky canal a Superfund site. Mayor Bill de Blasio, then a councilman in Park Slope, supported that plan, as well as Bloomberg’s Fourth Avenue Zoning plan.

It’s unclear whether or not de Blasio will support the community’s framework. [Capital New York]TRD


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
374 Fourth Ave in Gowanus, Brooklyn (Google Maps, iStock)
Quinlan plans 197-unit project for Gowanus
Quinlan plans 197-unit project for Gowanus
A sketch of the proposed view from North 3rd Street and the current view (New York City Planning, Google Maps)
City Planning gives Gowanus rezoning the go-ahead
City Planning gives Gowanus rezoning the go-ahead
(Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal/Photos via City Council, iStock, Getty)
Racial impact study sees Gowanus rezoning reducing segregation
Racial impact study sees Gowanus rezoning reducing segregation
“Just not right.” Texas sovereign wealth fund official scrutinizes Greenbrook
“Just not right.” Texas sovereign wealth fund official scrutinizes Greenbrook
“Just not right.” Texas sovereign wealth fund official scrutinizes Greenbrook
Gowanus Inn & Yard at  645-651 Union Street, Brooklyn, Sonder CEO Francis Davidson and Red Pine Principal Michael Federman (Google Maps, Sonder, Federman Steifman)
Sonder takes lease for 76-key Gowanus Inn
Sonder takes lease for 76-key Gowanus Inn
Avery Hall's Brian Ezra and 272 Fourth Avenue (Google Maps)
Avery Hall seeks air rights for larger resi building under Gowanus Brooklyn rezoning
Avery Hall seeks air rights for larger resi building under Gowanus Brooklyn rezoning
Brad Lander is now working to organize a meeting of all tenants to protest Greenbrook. (Getty)
Park Slope tenants fight landlord’s order to vacate
Park Slope tenants fight landlord’s order to vacate
City Planning Commissioner Chair Marisa Lago (Getty, Dept. of City Planning)
Gowanus rezoning gets green light
Gowanus rezoning gets green light
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...