Blogger Transfer is keeping a close eye on the latest development to go up on the section of Flatbush he cares about most–the stretch leading to Grand Army Plaza. The chronicler of architecture “bad, good and otherwise” notes that the building going up at 145 Park Place is the first new residential development on Flatbush east of Prospect Park in at least a generation. He’s also trying to remain optimistic about how the end-product will look:

Architects Lauster & Radu used an existing brick frontage on Park Place, and built out the Flatbush frontage, creating some serious angles. Honestly, the renderings are, well, I’m reluctant to comment too honestly… But, the brick work on Park Place is looking interesting, and I’m trying to stay positive about new construction in this part of Brooklyn – staying hopeful.

New Construction on Flatbush [Transfer]


The Village Voice, which rarely has anything nice to say about anything, offers up a surprisingly positive take on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Redevelopment Plan. “Williamsburg deal great for Manhattan developers,” the subhed reads, “but not everyone will be priced out.” The article goes on to note several notable aspects of the deal, including the fact that the developers cannot transfer their affordable housing quotas to other projects. The deal set precedent by providing $20 million for nonprofit groups to aid manufacturers. And it created a $2 million fund to battle residential displacement.
A New Colony [Village Voice]


According to transportation think tank Community Consulting Services, there is likely to be 40 million square feet of new development in Downtown Brooklyn over the next 15 years. The downside? The city and the state will need to spend as much as $4 billion to handle the “traffic damages” resulting from the borough’s projected 24,000 new residents and 74,000 new jobs, the report says.
Comment: Sounds like mostly commercial projects to us.
Danger of Crowding Seen in Brooklyn [NY Sun]


After community protests, a stop work order and a six-month hiatus, the condo conversion at 160 Imlay Street got the go-ahead when a lawsuit filed by the Red Hook-Gowanus Chamber of Commerce was thrown out by an appellate court on a technicality. (Interestingly, the lawsuit was partially funded by Greg O’Connell, the long-time Red Hook property owner profiled here earlier this week.) So now Developer Bruce Batkin can procede with his plans to convert the property—which has become a symbol of the struggle between the new forces of luxury development and the area’s working class, industrial past.
Red Hook Green Light [NY Daily News]
Converting Red Hook [Village Voice]
Interview with Red Hook’s Biggest Developer [Brownstoner]