After a few months of demolition, the Lightstone Group has filed the first new building application for its controversial 700-unit rental development at 363 Bond Street, on the shores of the Gowanus Canal. The application outlines a plan for a 12-story development with 268 units.
The 249,571 square-foot building will include 3,625 square feet of commercial space, 1,018 square feet of community space and 244,928 square feet of residential space. The building will also have 111 underground parking spaces, a basketball court, gym, locker rooms, a lounge, children’s play area, bike storage and a pool, according to the Schedule A filing.
Meanwhile, next door at 388 Carroll Street, Lightstone has just filed a new round of demolition applications to knock down a storage shed and two silos.
This new two-bedroom, two-bath condo for rent on the border of Carroll Gardens and Gowanus is spacious and comes with a roof deck. The 1,155-square-foot pad has a large open plan living room and kitchen with a garbage disposal, dishwasher and Nespresso machine.
And the master bedroom has two closets, an en-suite bathroom and access to the roof deck. It’s also just across the bridge from the new Whole Foods and three blocks from the Carroll Street F/G. What do you think of it for $4,400 a month?
Gowanus residents have been debating whether the neighborhood’s rapid development will bring positive changes. Now two filmmakers want to document how Gowanus residents and workers want it to evolve in the coming decades. Jamie Courville and Chris Reynolds plan to follow development in Gowanus for a year and collect people’s visions of the hood’s future in “Gowanus Current.” Here are their instructions on how to contribute:
“If you live, work or have other involvement in Gownaus, I want to hear what your vision of the future of the neighborhood is.
I have a phone line set up to record your thoughts at 347-765-0148. Nobody will ever answer that line and you can call at any hour. Please follow this format, ‘Hello. My name is _____________ and my vision of the future of Gowanus is ________________________.’ Answers may be posted on the project’s website or used in the film.
Please pass this around to your friends and neighbors. I want everyone to be heard.”
An anonymous urban explorer sent us these photos of his trip inside the landmarked but dilapidated Coignet building at 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street, which Whole Foods is supposed to begin restoring soon. The organic food giant had promised to finish restoring the building before it opened its doors in Gowanus, but construction may have further damaged it. The Landmarks Preservation Commission fined Whole Foods $3,000 in December for failing to maintain the property.
When we stopped by last month, the building was open to the elements, with broken windows accessible on the ground floor and what looked like new structural cracks at the base of the building.
Here’s the explorer’s description of the interior:
“For the most part the interior is characterless in terms of details and finishes, but it’s really neglected, which isn’t justified for it being such a badass New York City landmark. There’s a pretty cool spiral staircase that goes from the basement to the second floor and in the basement there’s a walk-in vault. For some reason I spent most of my time down there — a combination of incredible low light and the feeling like it was the only part that didn’t have a cheap 1950′s renovation. Didn’t Whole Foods make a deal whereby they can straddle the shit out of the Coignet Building as long as they help to restore it? Some of the floors and parts of the staircase are collapsing from water damage so clearly something needs to be done. I would hate to see this follow in the footsteps of Admiral’s Row.”
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This three-bedroom, two-bath triplex in Gowanus is charming and big enough for a family. Although the listing claims the apartment is in Carroll Gardens, it’s actually just over the boundary east of Hoyt and within two blocks of the canal. The apartment is spread across a parlor floor, garden floor and a furnished basement. It also has a little private garden.
The two parlor-floor bedrooms seem nicely sized. The third is located in what the listing calls the basement, but it’s below the garden floor, which technically makes it the cellar. Usually bedroom units on that level are illegal, and in this location, we’d be worried about flooding.
The kitchen has been nicely renovated and offers a Viking stove, dishwasher and washer/dryer, as well as an island for additional counter space. And it’s only two blocks from the Carroll Street F and G trains. Of course, all this space and a garden doesn’t come cheap. What’s your opinion of it for $5,500 a month?
Owners Jonathan Schnapp and Ashley Albert built ten indoor, 50-foot-long shuffleboard courts at 514 Union Street, which had been a 17,000-square-foot warehouse. When the club was first planned, their neighbors were concerned about noise from such a large venue. But Schnapp and Albert have since gained the support of their local community board. Royal Palms promises kitschy, 1960s Florida-inspired decor, including potted plants and retro lawn furniture, as well as grub from a revolving group of a food trucks. They’re also organizing a Brooklyn shuffleboard league.
The graffiti-covered and abandoned MTA powerhouse known as the Gowanus Batcave is finally being cleaned out by the state, First and Court reported. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a remediation plan for the site, which housed factories for Nassau Sulfur Works and Smith and Shaw Mattress Materials and Paper Stock beginning in 1886.
Brooklyn Rapid Transit acquired the property to use as a powerhouse in 1904, and “under their ownership, it appears that coal was delivered by water and transported beneath the site via coal tunnel,” the state notes. It was later owned by the Williamsburg Power Plant Corp. and then the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which used it as an electrical substation and switching yard until 1996.
Plans include removing “grossly contaminated soil” and any soil that contains high levels of PCBs. The public comment period for the plan will last 45 days, from January 3 until February 17. Owner Joshua Rechnitz has said he wants to build art galleries and studio spaces on the site.
Lighstone has demolished the first of two old brick warehouses on Bond Street between 1st and 2nd streets in Gowanus, to make way for their 700-unit rental development, Pardon Me For Asking reported. Demolition work began earlier this week but hit a snag on Tuesday.
The demolition crew broke a water main and flooded the entire southwest end of the site, with water flowing down 2nd Street and into the canal, according to Gowanus Your Face Off. GYFO also got some great photos of the flooding, which of course happened while it was snowing.
The 100-year-old warehouse at 365 Bond Street has been reduced to a pile of rubble, and the adjacent warehouse at 363 Bond will likely be taken down in the next couple days, PMFA predicted.
After the jump, we’ve included a photo of the warehouse when it was still standing and another one of the demolition site.
Reps from Sterling Equities tell us the four-story development planned for the Regency Carts site in Gowanus will become condos. And the new building will have 35 apartments, instead of the 32 we reported when the developers filed plans in October. Scaffolding was erected last week, as GYFO noted, and it looks like work could begin soon. Sterling applied for demo applications in October, but they haven’t been approved because the DOB disapproved the original plan exam earlier this month. And the developer filed last month to change the address from 337 to 345 Carroll — possibly to distance the new project from the never-ending construction at the “Hell Building” next door at 333 Carroll Street?
Build It Green NYC is hosting a holiday market featuring reused and upcycled crafts next weekend at their Gowanus location. Crafted at the Canal will kick off on Friday, December 6 from 5 to 9 pm with DJs spinning holiday tunes, complimentary beer from Coney Island Brewing Co. and local venders selling their crafts. And on Saturday December 7, the fair will continue from 10 am to 5 pm with free coffee from Stumptown. Expect crafts like recycled bicycle part jewelry, reusable holiday cards, New York sea glass jewelry, recycled art pieces and hand-crafted home decor and furniture. There will also be a vendor selling warm apple cider and fresh crepes. It’ll happen at Build It Green’s Gowanus Reuse Center, which is at 69 9th Street between Smith Street and 2nd Avenue.
Yesterday, Aptsandlofts said Bed Stuy is the new Williamsburg and today The New York Daily News says Gowanus is the new Dumbo. Two young developers who have purchased a pair of former factory buildings at the corner of 3rd and Hoyt in Gowanus say they plan to convert them to chic retail spaces and offices.
The Daily News reports that former Two Trees guys Aaron Lemma and Asher Abesera plan for 68 and 80 3rd Street to become LIVWRK, “a hub for creative professionals and artisanal shops.” They say they want the 80,000-square-foot properties, formerly the New York Vitrified Tile Co., to be a mix of local and national brands. They suggest bespoke tailors, bakeries, Restoration Hardware or even a J. Crew Liquor Store as tenants.
The complex would join the new Whole Foods, restaurants, planned boutique hotels, and lots of artisanal industrial businesses in the area. We have no idea how much the duo paid or plan to pay for the two buildings because the sale hasn’t hit public records yet. Based on the lack of ownership history and permits, it looks like the industrial buildings have been vacant for a long time.
Whole Foods is really moving fast now. The roof gardens are almost complete, there is signage at the entrance, and a covered parking lot is taking shape. Thanks to a reader for sending in this fantastic photo. There is a plaza overlooking the Gowanus that can be accessed without entering the parking lot, he said.