Public Place Development Finalists Detailed
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development presented details last night about two proposals that are finalists for developing the Public Place site in Carroll Gardens/Gowanus. The proposals come from development groups led by The Related Companies (left) and by The Hudson Companies (right). (A number of proposals have been eliminated.) Both would have more than 700 units of housing, although the Hudson proposal would offer three times as much retail and community space. The size of the development could grow significantly as it does not currently include a privately-owned warehouse to the south of the site. Gabriella Amabile of the HPD, who made the presenation, said that the property owner "has expressed interest in joining one of the development teams."
HPD officials would only identify the proposals as Plan A and Plan B without even naming the competing developers, even though the finalists have been previously identified publicly. GL learned that "Plan A" has been submitted by the Related Companies and "Plan B" is from the Hudson Companies. Buildings in both plans range from 6-12 stories in height. While both plans are similar in some respects, they also differ in some significant ways, particularly regarding density and size of the buildings. The Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation is a partner with both teams. A significant portion of the housing in each proposal would be designated as affordable, with different levels of affordability outlined during the proposal.
The Related Companies. Related would build 725 units of housing, 18,050 square feet of retail, 9,013 square feet of community space, 86,529 square feet of public open space. It would include 375 underground parking spaces. Of the housing in the Related proposal, 245 would be rental units, 480 would be condos and 100 would be senior citizen apartments. The project was designed by Handel Architects. Partners include Monadnock Construction Inc., Catholic Charities and Donna Walcavage Landscape Architect.
The Hudson Companies. Hudson would build 774 units of housing, 38,800 square feet of retail, 26,400 square feet of community space and 98,300 square feet of public open space. It would include 365 underground parking spaces. Of the housing, 380 units would be rental, 394 would be condos and 120 would be for seniors. The design comes from Dattner Architects. Partners in the ventur include the Fifth Avenue Committee, Jonathan Rose Companies and The Bluestone Organization.
The city hopes to select one of the proposals next month and to begin the land use review process next spring, with cleanup efforts slated to start in the summer of 2009. The site, which is bounded by Smith Street, Fifth Street and the Gowanus Canal, is deeply polluted due to earlier use as a manufactured gas plant. It would be cleaned by KeySpan. The pollution is so severe that a complete cleanup will not be done. Instead the site will be partly remediated and remaining contaminants will be capped in place. Both proposals have extensive sustainability features including green roofs. Officials expressed the hope of having people living on the site by late 2011 or 2012.
We will have individual renderings and additional details coming up.