Planning Details Gowanus Proposal


The Department of City Planning finally released its proposal for rezoning Gowanus last night at a community board meeting and, as expected, the plan will affect about 25 blocks in the neighborhood, changing those blocks’ designation from manufacturing to mixed-use. Gowanus Lounge was on the scene and reports the following:

-The rezone will run between Fourth Avenue and Bond Streets, bounded on the south by Third Street and on the north by Butler Street.

-In the area’s “waterfront district,” between the canal, Bond Street and Third Avenue, buildings will be able to reach a maximum height of 12 stories, with density bonuses for including an affordable component. In most of the rest of the rezoned area, buildings will be able to rise between 5 and 8 stories.

-The tallest buildings would go up in the “waterfront south” area shown above. According to a Planning rep, “the plan will ‘create a sense of openness around the Canal that doesn’t exist’ because it’ll require a public esplanade and setbacks. Many residents last night said that the level of density being proposed in this section would lead to out-of-scale structures, with permanent shadows in some sections of the canal.

-Community members also voiced concerns about environmental issues, saying the rezone will allow for residential construction on areas that haven’t been properly cleaned up. A member of the Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus group said that the plan involved a little bit of deception and that a lot doesn’t incorporate what the community wants.

25 Blocks Worth of Change in Gowanus [Gowanus Lounge]
Meet Gowanus Waterfront North & South [Gowanus Lounge]
Photographs of maps from GL.

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