Monday, January 08, 2007

Toll Brothers Getting a Little Testy in Gowanus?

Toll Site

McMansion developers the Toll Brothers, who have a major development along the Gowanus Canal on the drawing boards, look like they're getting impatient with the slow speed of the rezoning they want in the neighborhood. For now, the Brooklyn Paper reports that the Toll Brothers have withdrawn their application to clean up two blocks between Bond Street and the Big G:
The Toll Brothers won’t buy the site...until the city rezones the land for residential use. But the state can’t approve a taxpayer-subsidized cleanup until the developer buys the site, which runs along Bond Street from First through Carroll streets.
The other interesting aspect to this is that there is now sentiment to landmark a concrete warehouse on the future Toll site that is eligible for the National Register of Historic Buildings. The Tolls may have withdrawn their brownfield application for now, but there was a prefiling on December 20th for permits to demolish the warehouse. The entities that filed for the permits are believed to be representing the Toll Brothers.

Community Board 6 will have a public meeting with the Department of City Planning about Gowanus rezoning and a Gowanus Plan on January 25. It will take place at St. Mary’s Residence (41 First St., at Bond Street).


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