By: Hellen Zaboulani
Gowanus, get ready! There are big plans coming your way.
The Brooklyn neighborhood has attracted several new developments, particularly since it became clear that the rezoning would finally be approved. As per Crain’s NY, the rezoning, passed in November, will add about 8,000 new housing units to Gowanus, including over 3,000 affordable units. That’s about 20,000 new residents coming to the neighborhood. So far, developers have planned some13 projects for a total of about 3,800 residential units.
One of the most notable projects is a 950-unit affordable housing project on city-owned land at the corner of Smith Street and Fifth Street. After a decade of planning, the six-building project dubbed Gowanus Green, will be 100% affordable. The project will also include 28,000 square feet of retail and community space, an 80,000-square-foot public school and a 1.5 acre public park, as per the city.
Another ambitious project in the works is by developers Tavros Capital and Charney Cos, on the full-block site at 318 Nevins Street. Two towers will be constructed spanning 505,000 square feet and adding 660 new residential units. The partners have another project in North Gowanus at 251 Douglas Street. That 13-story building is slated to bring 261 units, spanning a total of 224,000 square feet. They also have plans at 577 Union Street for a 9 story building with 214 apartments.
The Vorea Group has its own plans to add 360 residential units with a total square footage of 385,000. The two towers at 404 Carroll Street will be 16 and 21 stories high. The developer also has separate plans for an 11-story residential at 540 DeGraw Street, to add 268 apartments with a total of 313,000 square feet.
As per Crain’s, at 563 Sackett Street, Developer Bonafide Realty has plans to create a 12-story building with 291 residential units. Developer Avery Hall Investments is slated to add 128 housing units in a 14 story building at 544 Carroll Street. In South Gowanus, Quinlan Development Group is planning a 17 story residential building which will add 197 more units.
Finally, Orange Management has two developments planned, one at 136 Second St and another nearby at 129 Third street. The rental buildings will be eight and 14-stories high, providing 29 and 84 units respectively—for a total of 113 units.