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Since last fall’s update, construction has steadily moved forward at Park Tower Group’s Greenpoint Landing mega-development in Greenpoint.

The progress has been concentrated on the first three low-rise buildings, all of which contain only affordable units and are developed in partnership with L+M Development, co-developers of the townhouses at Navy Green. Handel Architects, designers for the 10-building master plan, are also in charge of these first three buildings.

First to begin, 21 Commercial Street has almost wrapped up installation of its exterior wall. The design calls for a predominantly brick facade with black metal accents and industrial style windows. 

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Foundation work is under way at 21 Commercial Street in Greenpoint, where Park Tower Group and L&M Development are building part of the massive Greenpoint Landing project. As previously reported, this is the former industrial property at the corner of Franklin, Commercial and Clay streets where six stories of affordable housing with 93 apartments and ground-floor commercial space will rise.

The developers have also filed plans for a second affordable building at 33 Eagle Street, which will have seven stories and 98 units. Handel Architects is designing both, and you can see the firm’s previously published rendering after the jump.

When the entire Greenpoint Landing development is finished, there will be 10 towers, 5,500 apartments, a new park and a K through 8 school on the East River waterfront.

21 Commercial Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint Landing Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Work is moving forward on a few sites at the massive Greenpoint Landing development at the northern tip of Greenpoint. Excavation is underway at 21 Commercial Street, above. The 82,476 square foot building will have 93 units and 2,577 square feet of commercial space when its complete.

Last week the Daily News took a look at the design of the 22 acre waterfront park that will be an integral part of the development. Rather than building high sea walls to protect the development against future storms like Hurricane Sandy and rising sea levels, the designers are taking a softer approach. They are using sloping terraces and areas planted with salt-tolerant plants. “When people think of resiliency measures, they think they have to look tough and ugly, but there are actually innovative ways to do the same things while still looking soft and beautiful,” Lisa Switkin, one of the landscape architects on the project with James Corner Field Operations, told the News.

Across the street and a bit further south, on Dupont Street, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has torn down the sludge tank that had been on the site, as reported, and was busy conducting remediation, removing soil, to prepare the site for its transformation to parkland. At 33 Eagle street a block over, the site of another future mixed-income building, construction has yet to begin.

Click through for more images of 21 Commercial Street, a rendering of the park and the sludge tank site.

Rendering Posted for Affordable Greenpoint Landing Building [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint Landing Developer Files First Permit [Brownstoner]
Rendering by James Corner Field Operations

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Developer Park Tower Group has gotten the ball rolling on the hotly debated Greenpoint Landing development by filing a building application for a six-story mixed-use building at 21 Commercial Street. Designed by Handel  Architects, the 85,033-square-foot structure will have ground floor commercial space and 93 units on prime Greenpoint waterfront land, according to a new building application filed Monday.

Eventually, the 20-acre megadevelopment will include 10 30- to 40-story towers, a new K-8 school and a public park. The developers also promised to keep 431 apartments “permanently affordable” and to run a shuttle between the development and the G train. Despite significant opposition from the Greenpoint community, the project cleared all the ULURP hurdles in the fall and was approved by the City Council in December.

Greenpoint Landing Coverage [Brownstoner]

Map via Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning

 

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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

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Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has officially approved the two massive and controversial developments at 77 Commercial Street and Greenpoint Landing, near the mouth of Newtown Creek, Brooklyn Paper reports. Markowitz greenlighted the project on condition the developers build a 640-seat middle school and increase bus and G train service to the neighborhood. Greenpoint Landing will have 10 towers and 5,500 apartments over 22 acres on the waterfront, and 77 Commercial Street will include two towers rising 30 stories with720 apartments.

Markowitz also backed the affordable housing part of Greenpoint Landing, mandating 100 units out of the 431 affordable ones be reserved specifically for senior citizens and the disabled who don’t earn more than 30 percent Area Median Income, according to his report. The Beep’s vote is just the latest hurdle in the land-use review process, which also requires the approval of the City Planning Commission, City Council, and the mayor’s office. However, his approval goes against the wishes of the community board, which voted down the development plan last month, and a large group of Greenpoint residents who promised to sue the developers. You can read the BBP’s full report here.

Markowitz Gives Thumbs up to Giant Greenpoint Development [Brooklyn Paper]
Battle Over Renderings of Greenpoint Landing [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint Residents to Sue City Over Planned Waterfront Developments [Brownstoner]
Public Meeting Tonight on Greenpoint Towers [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint Board Nixes Waterfront Towers [Brownstoner]
Photo by Park Tower Group Via Crain’s