Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and other local pols held a ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday to kick off construction at 15 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene. The long-in-the-works project is also known as BAM North Site II and the Brooklyn Cultural District Apartments (BCD:A).
The mixed-use, mixed-income building will include both residential units and cultural space. The 109 apartments, 40 percent affordable and 60 percent market rate, will sit atop 21,400 square feet of cultural space, which will house The Center for Fiction and Mark Morris Dance Group, among others.
Renderings of the structure show terraces and a landscaped rooftop with an outdoor kitchen and sun deck. Other amenities will include a fitness center, double-height conservatory, and resident lounge.
Developer Jonathan Rose Companies was selected through a request for proposals by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development in 2012. The developer’s other Brooklyn projects include the mixed-income development Gowanus Green, as well as a five-story apartment building and a nine-story office building on adjacent properties on Pierrepont and Montague streets in Brooklyn Heights.
Dattner Architects designed the building. No newcomers to affordable-unit design, Dattner has previously worked on NYCHA property in Brownsville as well as an affordable building in Prospect Heights.
Previously an 120,000 square-foot parking lot, private development of the Fort Greene site was a Bloomberg-era proposal now being carried to fruition by de Blasio. In a controversial move, the current administration gifted the developer the site for $1 in exchange for the 43 affordable units.
The 115,000 square-foot complex is slated for completion in 2016.
— Eric Adams (@BPEricAdams) September 22, 2015
[Rendering: Dattner Architects]
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