Brooklyn Papers is reporting that Shaya Boymelgreen has purchased the Jewish Press building on Third Avenue between First and Third Streets, bringing the total land he controls in the area that he wants to become known as “Gowanus Village” to two acres. Boymelgreen has been coveting the former Transit Authority building since he began acquiring property in the area two years ago and the site has only grown more attractive as the Whole Foods one block away has become closer to being a reality. Two other major property owners in the area–Toll Brothers and owners of the Bayside Fuel facililty–also have their own visions of a mixed-use wonderland who streets are paved with gold. According to Brooklyn Papers, all three developers claim to be interested in a plan being put forward by the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation to create a model green zone that would make the area around the Lavender Lake an eco-friendly neighborhood of low-rise, green housing and light industry.
Park Slope Canal [Brooklyn Papers] GMAP
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