The owners of Textile Arts Center in Gowanus are building more light industrial space next door at 497 Carroll Street, between Third and Fourth avenues.
The eight-story commercial development would rise 108 feet from what is today a parking lot next to the Textile Arts buildings, a pair of two- and three-story loft buildings with a sizable footprint that run through the block between Carroll and President streets. The Brooklyn Zen Center also offers meditation classes in a space on the second floor.
At 497 Carroll Street, the ground floor would have 1,800 square feet of retail. The remaining seven stories would be devoted to 96,572 square feet of light industrial space.
The complex would span 98,358 square feet and include 38 parking spaces—a 19-car, subterranean garage and 19 above-ground spots.
J. David Sweeny, who heads an LLC based in the TAC building next door, is listed as the developer. He was the former executive director of a troubled charity called Healing Arts. Now he is the Assistant Vice President for Real Estate at the Children’s Aid Society, according to his LinkedIn page.
Peter Sweeny of PSA Architecture applied for the permits.
The property sits in the middle of Gowanus’ large industrial area, where zoning limits new construction to low density manufacturing and commercial uses. However, the city might rezone the low-slung blocks near the Gowanus Canal to allow a mix of residential, commercial and industrial development. The Department of City Planning is preparing a study of the neighborhood, after Council Member Brad Lander held public meetings over the course of two years to create a local planning framework called Bridging Gowanus.
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