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Council Member Brad Lander released his Bridging Gowanus framework this afternoon (we were expecting it Monday), condensing a year of community meetings. The document lays out a vision for development in Gowanus that hinges on high-rise apartments to help fund improvements residents demand, including anti-flood measures, more parks, more schools, affordable housing, and ways to protect artists and manufacturing businesses.

It proposes a “mandatory mixed-use zone” that will “require a balance of light industry, cultural and artistic uses,” a special manufacturing zone, and mandatory inclusionary zoning to require affordable housing in new developments. (The first two are new types of zoning districts proposed by the City Council in a report Wednesday.) The document includes a list of buildings that should be considered for landmarking, as well as alternative approaches to preserving Gowanus’ historic buildings.

He’ll present the plan at a public meeting on Monday, November 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at P.S. 32, at the corner of Hoyt and Union streets. Residents can submit comments through the end of the year and read the full framework on the Bridging Gowanus site. You can also read the press release and summary here.

Lander Offers Gowanus Trade: High Rises for Flood Upgrades [Brownstoner]
New Zoning Districts Could Dramatically Change Bushwick, Gowanus and Other Nabes [Brownstoner]

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763 Carroll Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $4,249,000
Sunday 2:30 – 4:00
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97 North 7th Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $3,250,000
Sunday 2:00 – 3:30
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445 Carroll Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,995,000
Sunday 1:00 – 2:30
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232 Greene Avenue
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,795,000
Sunday 1:30 – 2:30
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Lightstone Group is holding a community meeting tonight to discuss its plans for the next phase of construction at 363-365 Bond Street, the 700-unit megadevelopment on the shores of the Gowanus Canal. Reps from the developer will present the upcoming construction timeline and take questions from neighbors, according to an announcement sent out by Council Member Brad Lander.

“The meeting is no doubt a small concession to the community, which had to deal with months-long pounding noise and vibration from pile driving during phase one of the project at 365 Bond Street,” noted Pardon Me For Asking, which published the announcement.

The meeting will happen from 6:30 to 8:30 pm tonight in the Community Room at Mary Star of the Sea, located at 41 1st Street in Gowanus.

Rendering by Goldstein Hill & West

Council Member Brad Lander has condensed a year’s worth of feedback from the “Bridging Gowanus” meetings and plans to present the highlights at a meeting later this month. He calls it a “draft community planning framework” on his website, and told Brooklyn Paper that ideas included protecting manufacturing and improving transportation and environmental infrastructure in the area, although the list of recommendations isn’t finalized yet.

Lander and other pols first organized the Bridging Gowanus meetings last year to solicit feedback from the community about development. Neighborhood groups criticized the process for being “undemocratic” and having a hidden agenda to create a consensus — or the appearance of one — to rezone the area for residential, as we reported at the time.

The meeting will happen Monday, November 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at P.S. 32, located at 317 Hoyt Street, between President and Union Streets. Those who won’t be able attend can email their comments to info@bridginggowanus.org.

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Community group Gowanus United today filed a lawsuit to halt the construction of a three-story, 61,000-square-foot parole reporting facility at 15 2nd Avenue, between 5th Street and the Gowanus Canal, just behind Whole Foods. The suit claims the state’s Department of Corrections didn’t perform an environmental review to examine how the building and its day-to-day operations would affect the community. A press release sent out by the group did not say in which court the suit was filed.

As previously reported, the state department lost its previous headquarters downtown several years ago to development and has been housed in three different downtown locations since then. The offices serve about 5,000 parolees, or 400 a day. The state signed a contract over a year ago and construction is well under way (we took the above photo in August). Construction is supposed to finish in January, and the building is supposed to open in April.

The lawsuit also seeks to overturn a zoning waiver granted by the Bloomberg administration late last year, which allows the state to build fewer parking spaces than the site’s zoning requires. The group’s press release argues that the site isn’t served well by public transportation, and a lack of off-street parking would only make nearby traffic and parking worse.

BBP Adams: Parole Office Should Be Downtown, Not in Gowanus [Brownstoner]
Steel Rises Next to Gowanus Junkyard [Brownstoner]

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Lightstone has just locked down a $120,000,000 loan for the first phase of its 700-unit megadevelopment at 363-365 Bond Street along the Gowanus Canal, and the Observer’s article on the financing has additional details on what will be built between 1st and 2nd streets. The 12-story complex will have 429 units, including 86 affordable ones. In addition, as previously reported, there will also be a landscaped courtyard, roof decks, a fitness facility, a theater room and a waterfront park on the banks of the canal.

Overall, the controversial rental project will have 140 affordable units (20 percent of the project), as the developer promised in 2012. The buildings will range in height from six to 12 stories, and the development will also have a 25-year tax abatement, as previously reported.

Canyon Provides Construction Loan for Gowanus Development [NYO]
Lightstone Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering via NYO

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For a whole house in Gowanus, its doesn’t get much cheaper than this little 800-square-foot two-bedroom on Bond Street. The listing says it’s below market rate because the tenants will be responsible for their own minor repairs and painting. There are two baths, laundry in the kitchen, and a shared patio (presumably with the house on the corner).

It’s half a block from the 700-unit complex that Lightstone is building at 363-365 Bond Street, where neighbors have been complaining about loud construction and pile driving for six months. It’s also a block from the canal; we hope “minor repairs and painting” are not frequently necessary because of flooding. Do you think it’s worth it for $1,995 a month?

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This weekend is the 18th annual Gowanus Open Studios, when neighborhood artists open their doors to allow the public to visit their studios, learn about their art and the creative process and to buy artworks. This year 315 artists and arts organizations are participating, including a huge range of types of artists: painters, sculptors, performers, printmakers, photographers, installation artists and many more.

Those planning to attend can check out a list of participating artists here and can find a map of studio locations here. In addition to visiting studios, those attending can sign up for curated tours which will take place on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19. There will also be a panel discussion on how to build an art collection on Saturday and a walking tour of murals on both days. For more information about the event, visit the Arts Gowanus Open Studio page.

Photo by Arts Gowanus

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If you’ve got the scratch, we could see turning this classic brick row house back into a one-family house and restoring its simple Italianate interior, which includes arched marble mantels. Otherwise, the two-family at 244a 7th Street looks livable as is, although we’re not sure about the condition of the mechanicals, which the listing doesn’t mention.

It’s configured as a small two-bedroom duplex over a ground floor rental. The property is 15.58 feet wide and 35 feet deep with a total of 1,575 square feet, according to PropertyShark.

The trendy industrial-rustic exposed brick and beams aren’t really working for us, but those are easily fixed. The floors look like they could use some work though.

For what it is, do you think the ask of $1,645,000 is ambitious?

244a 7th Street [CORE] GMAP

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The EPA has been warning since 2012 that the Gowanus Canal Superfund cleanup might require digging up Gowanus’ only public park and swimming pool to install tanks to catch overflow sewage. That scenario is looking more likely — and neighbors are not pleased – following an announcement Tuesday by the City’s Department of Environmental Protection that it has narrowed the list of possible sites for the sewage tanks to just two. Those are Thomas Greene Park and Double D Pool or the “salt lot” on 2nd Avenue and 5th Street next to the Gowanus Canal.

The Friends of Douglass Greene Park issued a statement today, not its first, against the siting of the tanks in the park and is again circulating its petition to save the pool. But if the EPA does decide to dig up the public space, the community group demands a “seamless transition” to park and pool facilities somewhere nearby.

Photo by Park Slope Patch

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Developer Adam America has just filed new building applications for its fourth project on the Gowanus/Park Slope border, a seven-story development at 610 Warren Street. As is the case with most of Adam America’s projects, the architects are Issac and Stern. The 70-foot-tall building will house 31 units among 35,756 square feet of residential space, along with 16 ground-floor parking spots and 16 bike storage spaces. 

A one-story parking garage with a car rental business currently occupies the 10,000-square-foot lot between 3rd and 4th avenues. It’s worth noting that Adam America doesn’t own the lot, which hasn’t changed hands since 1993. Demolition permits haven’t been filed yet for the garage. The developer is also working on buildings nearby at 275 4th Avenue, 470 4th Avenue and 595 Baltic Street, and six more throughout Brooklyn. GMAP

Image via Google Maps