Gowanus Green: Bells, Whistles, and Rain Gardens

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    The preliminary site plan for Gowanus Green, the development that a consortium led by Hudson Companies will build next to the canal, is shown above, and it includes plenty of interesting amenities. The developers intend to have retail space in the ground floor of the buildings fronting Smith Street, a bar and restaurant near 5th Street and the canal, a bike shop on the ground floor of one of the Smith Street buildings, a daycare, a wellness center, an amphitheater, a playground, and a rain garden. The rain garden “incorporates some of the storm water features we’re using and is supposed to be an interpretative educational feature that draws people in from the playground,” according to Michael Wadman, a principal for Hudson Affordable Housing. The wellness center, meanwhile, will probably have things like doctors’ offices and acupuncturists, says Wadman, that will be partially geared toward the senior population that will live in some of the affordable units set aside for them in the development. Here’s a full breakdown of the number of units and height of the buildings currently being planned:

    Building A: Low-income rental with 94 units; 6-story base with a setback to 8 stories.
    Building B: Mixed-income condo with 47 units; 6-story base with a setback to 8 stories.
    Building C: Low-income rental with 136 units; 6-story base with two setbacks to 10 stories.
    Building D: Mixed-income rental with 149 units; 8-story base with two setbacks to 12 stories.
    Building E: Mixed-income co-op with 150 units; 6-story base with three setbacks to 12 stories.
    Building F: Mixed income co-op with 61 units; 8-story base with setbacks to 12 stories.
    Building G: Mixed-income condo with 90 units; 6-story base with three setbacks to 12 stories.
    Building H: Mixed-income condo with 45 units; 6-story base with a setback to 8 stories.
    Building I: 3-story community facility with space for the Gowanus Dredgers.

    Density is concentrated near the canal, which meshes with City Planning’s draft framework for rezoning the area, says Wadman. Timing-wise, what needs to happen first is the remediation of the property, which is being spearheaded by National Grid. The city is hoping that clean-up begins this year and is completed sometime in 2010, “which would allow us to get all our approvals in order and go through ULURP,” says Wadman. The total budget for the project is $285 million, and the 70 percent of it that has affordable components will receive subsidies. Wadman says that right now the plan is to build in two phases, with the buildings fronting Smith and 5th streets, which will primarily be the low-income housing, completed first.
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