Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Gowanus Rezoning Memory Refresh-O-Matic: Tall

Gowanus Planning Framework Heights

It's been so long since meetings were held last year to talk about the Gowanus rezoning framework that it's almost easy to forget what was being discussed. In that sense, the discussion about the Toll Brothers Gowanus proposal has served to refresh the memory a bit. At the meeting in Carroll Gardens last week, members of the Toll Brothers team pointed out that their building, at a maximum height of 10-12 stories along the Gowanus Canal, was actually shorter than what the city was talking about possibly allowing. It was an accurate statement as the image above, from Page 42 of the Gowanus Planning Framework shows. The Department has identified six "deep blocks" between the Carroll Street Bridge and Third Street Bridge that would be suitable for buildings up to 12-14 stories tall. They are the structures in dark orange marked by green stars. The exact parameters will be unclear until the city's proposal is on the table, but it will probably allow buildings as tall as or even taller than the Toll vision. The framework can be viewed here.

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Blogger Lisanne McT said...

hbpsxNeither should be built. The environmental factors and Toll Brothers bad reputation in that arena are a frightening combination.

If only someone would develop there with more of an eye to the future as far as climate change and overpopulation taxing the sewage system.

8:50 AM  
Blogger redrawblak said...

anyone know where i could look at a similar map of different areas? i'm interested in the zoning in my area (north crown heights), as there doesn't seem to be much regulation of building height/etc

12:08 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Redrawblak, the Dept of City Planning has zoning information for your area: http://nyc.gov/html/dcp/ enter your address towards the bottom left on the page where it says "GeoQuery" and choose "NYC.gov City Map". The resulting map will load your address, with lot information. You'll see what your lot is zoned for, and can do more research on the site. Note your zoning map and look that up elsewhere on the site: http://nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/zone/zh_zmaptable.shtml.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Just because the City says that the rezoning will occur in a specified way does not mean that there will be building in those area. The enviromental aspects to the Toll brother land are widely present throughout the to be rezoned area. If enough light can be shown on that, and on the impact of all these new people on the already overworked infrastructure, then the City will be forced to do what it should do: clean the enviroment, make plans for the newcomers, and then do some type of building. BTW, Toll Brothers' bonds have been placed on a "watch" list - a precurser, often, to downgrading.

7:46 AM  

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