Name some of the city’s biggest or most controversial development projects — Hudson Yards, Rheingold, Brooklyn Heights library, Pier 6, Hunter’s Point — and chances are good they have gone, are going, or will go through ULURP.
Architect’s illustration via Brooklyn Public Library
To the woe of local preservationists, the Landmark Preservation Commission has announced that, following review, they did not find a former bank in Prospect Heights to be worthy of landmarking. The neoclassical property at 856 Washington Avenue has been approved for demolition, with permits filed to replace it with a 14-story condo building. (more…)
The new towers planned for Downtown Brooklyn represent more than sky-high apartments and office space. They’re a taste of Brooklyn’s megacity future — a destiny potentially at conflict with Brooklyn’s artisanal brand. (more…)
Just like our rents, Brooklyn’s buildings are going up, up, up. With this week’s announcement of a 600-foot-tall commercial building at 420 Albee Square and a 1,000-foot-tall tower at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension, we thought it was high time to see how a few buildings-in-the-works measure up. (more…)
As the East New York community fights against rezoning plans for the area, construction continues on the affordable Gateway Elton complex in the Spring Creek section of East New York — and now the solar-powered complex has won an award for affordable excellence. (more…)
A property at 205 Montague Street — with air rights enabling a 700-foot-tall tower — just went on the market for a cool $200,000,000. That’s more than 250 feet taller than the oh-so-controversial proposed Brooklyn Heights replacement library and condo tower at 280 Cadman Plaza West. It’s also 282 feet higher than Brooklyn Heights’ tallest existing building. (more…)
The most expensive New York State-funded public works project ever, the $554,770,000 replacement for the Kosciuszko Bridge is making progress. A tower crane and two concrete pillars on the east span have risen in the past few months and now make up part of the skyline.
Read Property Group, developer of the massive Bushwick mega-project Rheingold Brewery — it encompasses at least 10 city blocks — has sold part of the site to another developer, named Joel Goldman. The sale has not yet hit public records, but Read told local Council Member Antonio Reynoso and community development watchdog group Rheingold Construction Committee about the sale, City Limits reported.
It’s business as usual for developers to resell or flip development sites. But Reynoso and community organizers are worried Goldman and another developer, Rabsky — which also bought part of the site last year, for $53,000,000 — won’t honor the promises Read made to build affordable housing on the site in exchange for a 2013 rezoning. (more…)