Bloomberg taps team to spearhead BAM North development

From left: Jonathan Rose and Mayor Michael Bloomberg
From left: Jonathan Rose and Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has tapped a six-firm team of architects, developers and “cultural partners” to tackle the proposed mixed-use development site BAM North II in Downtown Brooklyn.

Comprised of Jonathan Rose Companies, Dattner Architects, Bernheimer Architecture, SCAPE Landscape Architects, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and Science Gallery International, the team will guide the creation of 42 units of affordable housing, as well as commercial and cultural space.

“Our project’s much needed affordable housing, cutting edge cultural space, green roofs and environmental responsibility represents the fullness of Jonathan Rose Companies’ capabilities and embodies our belief that transit rich, mixed-use, mixed-income developments are healthier for their residents and the communities in which they are located,” Jonathan Rose, president of Jonathan Rose companies, said in a release.

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The site, located on Lafayette Street between Rockwell Place and Ashland Place, next to the Mark Morris Dance Company building and corners BAM’s Opera House, is the last in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District to be developed.

Developed under Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, the site spans three lots and has a total area of roughly 12,439 square feet. The residential component will have a mix of affordable and market rate rental units, with 20 percent of the total 109 units available to households earning no more than 80 percent Area Median Income of $48,100 for an individual. An additional 20 percent will be available to households earning no more than $78,260 for an individual, and the remainder will be at market rate.

Approximately 2,700 square feet of ground floor commercial space and 27,000 square feet of ground and second floor space for a cultural center and exhibition space also figure into the development plan. The site will be the first U.S. home for the Science Gallery, an international organization that presents science and art exhibitions and educational programs aimed at students ages 15-25. — Julie Strickland