New Look for Gigantic Greenpoint Landing

The Park Tower Group has changed its plans for the massive Greenpoint Landing project, and will present them to Community Board One tonight. Crain’s spoke to the developers on what’s to come. New renderings show brick and steel awnings inspired by the area’s historic warehouses instead of glassy towers. The developers will incorporate a city-owned lot into the 22-acre development, as well as add 431 affordable housing units to the 1,000 affordable units already planned. They also need to change the zoning to build a school at the development. Ten towers of 30 to 40 stories each are still in the works, and most will be built as-of-right, but the developers are starting a six-month public land-use review process this summer for the modifications to the original plan. Any concern about the size of the buildings is unwarranted, according to City Councilman Stephen Levin, who apparently supports the development. “That train left the station eight years ago, when the rezoning was approved,” he said. The bigger the buildings, the more affordable housing can be incorporated into them, which the area desperately needs, he added. The construction start date has been pushed back from as early as this summer to as early as December. What do you think of the project?
Back From the Drawing Board [Crain’s]
Huge Greenpoint Project Back on Track [Crain’s]
The City Providing Updates on Three Greenpoint Projects [Brownstoner]
Rendering via Crain’s

4 Comment

  • I prefer the original glass and steel proposal. This is not a historic reconstruction, but a new development occupying a very prominent location. As such, the buildings should be anchored in the present and not the past. The architectural integrity of the development could be preserved by adhering to the original proposal.

    • I don’t think brick-and-steel construction is inherently “anchored in the past”. These buildings look quite attractive and modern while calling back to historical origins. I think it’s a solid choice. I don’t have anything against glassy buildings at all, but there’s nothing wrong with the change, either.

  • Zoinks! A bland eyesore in the making…

  • So they’ll look like neo-Brutalist projects on the Greenpoint waterfront? How charming.