The City yesterday announced plans that will dramatically transform the BAM Cultural District, with improvements targeted to a block we’ve been blogging about recently. Two Trees will build a 16,000-square-foot public plaza and cultural space that will be used by BAM, the Brooklyn Public Library and 651 Arts, pictured above and after the jump. The 32-story build will be designed by Enrique Norten and include 23,000 square feet of ground-floor retail as well as 300 or 400 apartments, 20 percent of which will be affordable. Two Trees just started the seven-month-long public review process for its proposal. The space is currently a parking lot owned by the New York City Economic Development Corp., located between Flatbush Avenue, Lafayette and Ashland Place. In addition, the Gotham Organization and DT Salazar Inc. will create 600 new residences, half of which will be affordable, between Fulton Street, Ashland Place and Rockwell Place. Meanwhile, Housing Preservation and Development has released a request for proposal for a 10,000-square-foot building at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Ashland Place. The building will include apartments as well as arts and community space. All three sites are the last city-owned parcels in the area, according to the City’s announcement.
Brooklyn Cultural Scene Blossoms [Crain’s]
Downtown Brooklyn About to Get a Lot Bigger [NY Post]
Liftoff on Fort Greene Project [WSJ]
Two Trees Bringing 32-Story Apartment Tower to DoBro [Curbed]
Demo for 246 Ashland Place [Brownstoner]
Rendering above and below via Mayor’s Office