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The waterfront megadevelopment at 77 Commercial Street in Greenpoint is kicking into high gear this week with three new building applications for towers at 77, 85 and 87 Commercial Street. CetraRuddy Architecture filed plans for a 30-story, 224-unit building at No. 77 and a 40-story, 296-unit building at No. 87. The two high-rises will reach 306 feet and 402 feet into the air, easily dwarfing everything else near the Greenpoint waterfront.

The final building at No. 85 will be only six stories tall but hold 200 apartments spread across 230,149 square feet. It will also have 300 underground parking spots, 360 bike storage spaces, MTA offices and parking, ground-floor retail and the development’s leasing office, according to Schedule A filings. Developer Chetrit Group has promised to set aside 200 units of affordable housing and work with the city to create Box Street Park. 

Meanwhile, site work began last month at the Greenpoint Landing, which is next door on Commercial Street and will eventually include 10 towers, four acres of park land and a K through 8 school.

77 Commercial Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by CentraRuddy and MPFP via WSJ

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Council Member Stephen Levin and the rest of the City Council voted today to approve the two controversial high-rise towers at 77 Commercial Street near the Greenpoint waterfront, according to Levin’s office. The 30- and 40-story towers will bring 200 units of affordable housing as well as $9,500,000 in city funding to create Box Street Park. Affordable housing will make up 28 percent of the total apartments, with a range of 40 to 125 percent Area Median Income.

The city and the developer will provide $14,000,000 in funding to relocate all of the vehicles currently at the park site, including MTA Access-a-Ride vehicles and Emergency Response Units. And the developer promises 9,500 square feet of open space around the two towers, “as a second fully landscaped walkway to serve as community access from the east” and a path to where Commercial Street dead-ends at the industrial waterfront. There will also be a free shuttle to the 7 and G trains (paid for by the developer), and the MTA will work with the developer to run a bus line along Commercial Street.

The development will include at least 5,000 feet of community space, and retailers must occupy less than 5,000 square feet, with preference given to neighborhood businesses. The developer is not allowed to lease to “big box” retailers.

Council Passes Greenpoint Landing, Local Board Votes Yes on Domino [Brownstoner]
Finally, Action on Two Long-Promised Waterfront Parks in Greenpoint [Brownstoner]
Marty Says Yes to Controversial Greenpoint High Rise Projects [Brownstoner]
Rendering by CentraRuddy and MPFP via Wall Street Journal

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As controversial Greenpoint developments Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street wind their way through the land use review process, the city is finally moving to deliver two long-delayed parks that were promised in exchange for the controversial rezoning that has reshaped the North Brooklyn waterfront and permitted the huge gigantic towers complexes to be built.

Construction on Newtown Barge and Box Street Parks is scheduled to start in spring 2015, officials told DNAinfo. The Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street towers will rise right next to the parks, and the developers are helping fund the five acres of green space as part of their agreement with the city. The city committed to building the two parks back in 2005, but it took the city eight years to find an alternative storage space for the Roosevelt Island Tram cars stored on the property.

The planning phase for the parks begins next week. A public meeting is planned October 30 at Bushwick Inlet Park at 6 pm to solicit ideas and community feedback. Current plans for Box Street Park call for a multipurpose field, a shaded picnic terrace and a launching pad for kayaks on Newtown Creek. Newtown Barge Park would expand beyond an existing playground at the site to include a picnic area and more recreational space. The parks are slated to open in 2016.

City Moves Forward on Two Long-Awaited Greenpoint Parks [DNAinfo]
Park Plans [NYCEDC]
Image via NYC Parks Department