Toll Brothers Making Moves in Gowanus?
The evidence is starting to mount that the Toll Brothers are making a move in Gowanus or, at least, starting the process of trying to sway politically-influential supporters in advance of zoning decisions.
Sign #1: The closed door, invite-only meeting with Gowanus "activists" that was reported in the Brooklyn paper on Friday to preview the McMansion buildings plans for a mixed use development between Carroll and Second Streets and Bond Street and the Gowanus Canal. Building heights are said to range up to 12 stories near the canal.
Sign #2: Found in Brooklyn reports that two businesses in Toll-owned buildings that would be in the development footprint are closing. Found writes, in part:
I received a "courtesy call" from the dry cleaning facility (a wholesaler that also had a walk in business for locals) located on the corner of Bond and 2nd Streets yesterday. They said that "I should come and get my clothes today or tomorrow because they are relocating."...It seemed to be a pretty hasty exit as the place seemed to running as normal the last time I went in about two weeks ago. The woman said the other business on the block "Fiberwave" is moving out as well.Unrelated specifically to the Toll Brothers, but clearly related to the rezoning, there are a significant number of buildings on Bond Street currently on the market.
Are the moves by the Toll firm related? Are the closures indicative of the coming of bulldozers? Are the developers trying to line up support for building heights that are certain to spark controversy in both Gowanus and Carroll Gardens? Stay tuned.